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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots
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Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots

New soft robotic systems inspired by origami can move and change shape in response to external stimuli.

Can We Print a New Set of Coral Reefs Before They're Gone?
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Can We Print a New Set of Coral Reefs Before They're Gone?

Scientists at three Israeli institutions are collaborating to restore dying coral reefs via three-dimensional printing.

Russia Sends Its First Humanoid Robot into Space
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Russia Sends Its First Humanoid Robot into Space

Russia has sent an unmanned spacecraft containing a life-size humanoid robot to the International Space Station.

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers
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Smartphone Apps May Connect to Vulnerable Backend Cloud Servers

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in the backend system that feeds content and advertising to smartphone applications through a network of cloud-based...

A Near-Perfect Fit
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A Near-Perfect Fit

A new three-dimensional printing technique makes it easier for surgeons to pick the right-sized heart valves for their patients.

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Organic Optical Transistor Outperforms Silicon
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Organic Optical Transistor Outperforms Silicon

All-optical logic gates were made possible through the use of organic materials sandwiched between layers of silicon/tantalum dielectrics.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI
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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing
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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.

'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly
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'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a prototype robot tail to enhance human balance and help make seniors less susceptible to falls.

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind
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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios
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VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality to help train officers for active-shooter scenarios.
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