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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots
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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses
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Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

A new tactile sensing carpet assembled from pressure-sensitive film and conductive thread is able to calculate human poses without cameras.

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think
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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.

NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

NASA may have to resort to the backup system.

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

A More Robust Memory Device for AI Systems
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A More Robust Memory Device for AI Systems

Artificial intelligence systems could be strengthened by a new magnetic memory device.

Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer
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Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has unveiled the largest supercomputer in Latin America, with 200 terabytes of RAM and a 100Gbps network.

Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction
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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction

The study concludes about a third of social media use are linked to self-control problems and habit formation engendered by our digital technology.

Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons
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Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons

An artificial nose can distinguish between different types of bacteria, viruses, and poisonous gases .

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.

Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'
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Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'

Scientists used the underwater robot Mesobot to capture high-resolution images of slow-moving organisms in the mid-ocean "twilight zone" region.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing
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Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing

A technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology removes common errors in the operation of a two-quantum bit (qubit).

A Battery-Free Internet of Things
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A Battery-Free Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can thrive without hardwired or consumable power sources.

The Future of Supply Chains
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The Future of Supply Chains

Droids, drones, and driverless technologies are fueling a supply chain revolution.

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race
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Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.

U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot
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U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have determined that current legged robots could be far more efficient.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque
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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.
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