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Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.
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Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.

A Virginia family purchased Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the U.S., constructed in partnership with 3D printing company Alquist.

Exploring Emotions with VR
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Exploring Emotions with VR

Researchers used virtual reality to evoke emotions as realistically as possible in a study.

World's First Autonomous Oil Rig Drills First Well
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World's First Autonomous Oil Rig Drills First Well

Oil and gas drilling contractor Nabors Industries drilled its first well in West Texas' Permian Basin using its Pace-R801 autonomous rig.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
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'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays
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Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays

Scientists at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh have developed train-cleaning robots to shield staff against infections and prevent...

The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction
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Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction

Scientists have integrated high-fidelity operations on encoded quantum data with a scalable framework for repeated data stabilization.

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing
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Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing

A U.N. conference made little headway on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.
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How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

University of Western Australia scientists have created a robot fish to terrify the invasive mosquitofish species by mimicking its most feared predator.

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them
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Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them

Researchers at South Korea's Ajou University have built a highly dexterous robotic hand that can handle eggs gently, pour drinks, and crush aluminum cans.

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence
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Shrinking Artificial Intelligence

Energy concerns push AI optimizations to the edge.

Monetizing Your Personal Data
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Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian
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Waymo Says Driver Had Control of SUV That Hit a Pedestrian

California's Department of Motor Vehicles said Thursday that it has been contacted by Waymo and that the company will file a crash report within 10 days, as required...

Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy
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Engineers Teach AI to Navigate Ocean with Minimal Energy

Artificial intelligence technology is being used to enable autonomous drones exploring the deep ocean to navigate using currents instead of fighting them.

Human-Like Brain Helps Robot Out of Maze
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Human-Like Brain Helps Robot Out of Maze

A neuromorphic robot can navigate mazes using a human brain-like model.

Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do
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Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do

The 3D Scene Perception via Probabilistic Programming system helps machines perceive the world in a more human-like manner.

Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires
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Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires

New technologies are being deployed to predict, monitor, and fight wildfires as their frequency and ferocity grow.

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Research Brings Analog Computers One Step from Digital
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Research Brings Analog Computers One Step from Digital

A new processing-in-memory (PIM) circuit adds neural network flexibility to PIM computing.

Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages
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Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages

Robotic logistics is helping to mitigate labor shortages and other supply-chain disruptions in the U.K.
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