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Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz
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Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz

Harvard University researchers have received a $10 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees called RoboBees. The...

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Machine Learning by Watching and Listening

A team led by University of Pennsylvania professor Ben Taskar has demonstrated that computers can be educated to associate the content of video clips with existing...

Computing Project Combats Card Counting
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Computing Project Combats Card Counting

A cost-effective computer system for identifying card counters and detecting dealer errors has been developed by a recent graduate of the University of Dundee....

Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients
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Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients

For the first time, a surgical robot has been used to perform minimally invasive reconstructive surgery on five children whose bladder was dysfunctional because...

Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance
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Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have connected electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles and then were able to control...

Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases
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Researchers to Develop Algorithms for 'Commonsense Knowledge' Bases

Two researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago were recently awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop...

Virginia Tech's Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award
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Virginia Tech's Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award

A team of five undergraduates from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering have placed first in a competition run by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers...

The Reality of Robot Surrogates
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The Reality of Robot Surrogates

Telepresence technology has a long way to go before people can perform everyday duties with robotic avatars. Present-day telepresence interfaces consist of joysticks...

Robots in Education
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Robots in Education

Robots are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in education. The Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to design a robot capable of traveling to the moon, is...

Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads
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Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads

A European-wide research project slated to begin in 2010 should offer some answers about the real benefits that advanced driver assistance systems provide to drivers...

A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip
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A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip

Harvard and Yale University researchers have designed a soft robotic hand that can pick up objects, suggesting a promising future in prosthetic arms. The new device...

Pedestrian Crossings Could Be Monitored
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Pedestrian Crossings Could Be Monitored

A surveillance system for monitoring whether cars and pedestrians are acting normally at crosswalks has been developed by researchers at Spain's University of Castilla...

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
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'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All
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Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All

Stephen Wolfram has set the ambitious goal of converting the global corpus of knowledge into a computable format through WolframAlpha.com, a computational knowledge...

'Triple Space' Offers Web for Web Services
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'Triple Space' Offers Web for Web Services

What the World Wide Web is to humans, the Triple Space could become for machines, say European researchers who have helped lay the foundations for this innovative...

Shaping the Future
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Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots
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Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots

Interactions between humans and machines are evolving to the point where they could include having sexual relations, says David Levy, who won the 2009 Loebner prize...

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity
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What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity

The Singularity University program combines technology, futurism, and corporate support to question well-entrenched perspectives on learning and technology. The...
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