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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells
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Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells

Researchers have three-dimensionally (3D) printed a functioning human heart pump in a laboratory.

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
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Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Coping with Burnout in IT
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Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
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Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

 AI Xenobots
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AI Xenobots

Robots wrought from living cells.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic
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3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic

Three-dimensional printing is transforming medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.

Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic
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Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred consumers to substitute fitting rooms with augmented reality using their smartphones and computers.

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator
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Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have learned to identify the location of a potentially malicious aerial drone operator operating near...

Bio-Ink for 3-D Printing Inside the Body
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Bio-Ink for 3-D Printing Inside the Body

Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a bio-ink that can be three-dimensionally printed at human body temperature, and solidified using visible...

Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic
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Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic

Study finds 26% of consumers now view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably

Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips
From ACM TechNews

Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

The Michigan House has passed the Microchip Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to be implanted with microchips. Although theView...

World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year
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World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

Israeli company Redefine Meat has unveiled what it calls the world's first three-dimensionally-printed meatless steak.
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