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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots
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The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

Researchers have developed motion-capture software that uses deep learning to model a fruit fly's movements in three dimensions, in the hope of designing fly-like...

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip
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NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up delicate optical lenses and mirrors with the care and precision of human hands.

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars
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Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold
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3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

Scientists have developed a nanoscale three-dimensional printing methodology that maintains resolution and is 1,000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography...

SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips
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SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips

Researchers have developed a commercially viable method of creating new silicon III-V chips, a breakthrough that could lead to intelligent optoelectronic and 5G...

Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter
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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

A 3D bioprinter fabricated a beef steak aboard the International Space Station thanks to a collaboration of Aleph Farms and 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

Underwater Drones Make Waves
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Underwater Drones Make Waves

Underwater drones offer scientists a glimpse into the world's least-known frontier.

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds
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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010...

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning
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When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning

A study by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Central Florida found that human confidence in robots decreases after a robot makes a mistake, even when...

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.

IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer
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IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer

IBM announced the forthcoming launch of a 53-quantum-bit (qubit) quantum computer, for use by IBM Q Network clients.

U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip
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U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories will be among the first organizations to deploy artificial intelligence computers...

Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance
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Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

University of Virginia researchers have built a fish-inspired robot that can swim as fast as actual fish, and faster than similar robots.

Closing In on Quantum Error Correction
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Closing In on Quantum Error Correction

Quantum computers will only become practical when they implement quantum error correction.

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp
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A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A new dynamic gripper mimics the adjustable grip of the human hand, a breakthrough that could improve industrial safety.

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.
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