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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint
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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.

Should Robots Have a Face?
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Should Robots Have a Face?

As automation comes to retail industries, companies are giving machines more humanlike features in order to make them liked, not feared.

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams
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Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Northwestern University researchers have developed a decentralized algorithm that guarantees collision and congestion avoidance, a key step toward controlling fleets...

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
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Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain
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Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain

A new cryptographic identity tag can be attached to virtually any product in order to verify its authenticity.

The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters
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The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters

Datacenters are being decommissioned at a rapid pace.

Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients
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Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients

A new robot has successfully performed its first round of supermicrosurgical procedures.

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds
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Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds

A new high-precision technique can print small, soft objects in three dimensions in seconds.

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track
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Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track

Researchers in Israel have developed a mobile robot that can change its entire body shape on a link-by-link basis, using an extra actuator to "build its own track...

Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms
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Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms

Researchers have found a way to make artificial atoms on a silicon chip more stable by drawing in additional electrons to the atoms' outer shell, which could produce...

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier
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Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier

A robotic submarine captured the first-ever images of the foundations on the ocean floor of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters
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Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

A Queen's University Belfast researcher developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters, and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be...
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