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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code
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That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position
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System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.

App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos
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App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

Baylor University researchers have developed a free smartphone app that uses machine learning to flag eye disease from personal photos, as much as a year ahead...

EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin
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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a system that represents a new, low-cost way to think about cryptocurrencies.

Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under
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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

High-tech aerial drones known as "croc spotters," which patrol along riverbeds to detect crocodiles, recently were tested in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS
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Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS

Pennsylvania State University researchers used a digital simulation to explore how a toxin generated by saltwater algae might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...

Virtual Human Hand Simulation Holds Promise for Prosthetics, VR, Education
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Virtual Human Hand Simulation Holds Promise for Prosthetics, VR, Education

Researchers integrated visual effects techniques and magnetic resonance imaging to create an ultra-realistic animated simulation of the human hand in motion.

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist
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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria has used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction
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Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction

Researchers have developed an interactive robot that responds to the immediate actions of live lava lizards on the Galapagos Islands.

Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer
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Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer

Researchers reconstructed a virtual skull of the last common human ancestor using computerized-tomography scans of 260 modern-day skulls from various populations...

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon
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Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon

A new system uses reprogrammable ink to allow objects to change colors when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and visible light sources.

Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation
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Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation

Scientists have developed a computer model that can directly render text describing physical movements as computer-generated animation, an initial step toward creating...

Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...
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