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AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation
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AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation

Researchers have developed a framework for controlling four-legged robots that is more energy efficient and adaptable than traditional model-based gait control....

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications
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12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications

The NExt ApplicationS of Quantum Computing project hopes to demonstrate practical use cases for the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices that soon will be available...

Here Come the Swarmbots
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Here Come the Swarmbots

Switzerland's EFPL has developed inexpensive prototype bots that can be used to form, and act as, swarms.

The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs
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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

The U.S. military is working on new ways for soldiers and their dogs to communicate.

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo
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Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo

Japan Post Co. is testing in Tokyo a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights.

Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required
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Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a technique for three-dimensionally printing plastic objects that communicate with Wi-Fi devices without...

Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes
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Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes

Researchers have developed an algorithm to enhance the resolution and accuracy of the world's most powerful microscopes.

AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish
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AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish

Artificial intelligence researchers at Norwegian telecommunications carrier Telenor's Norwegian Open AI Lab are testing AI models to reduce costs and increase efficiency...

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies
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4G, 5G Networks Could Be Vulnerable to Exploit Due to 'Mishmash' of Old Technologies

Positive Technologies' Sergey Puzankov said that outstanding issues in the Signaling System 7  protocol continue to plague the telecommunications industry as it...

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron
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Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron

Analog computing with neuron-like devices could efficiently solve problems traditional computers struggle to solve.

It's a New Digital Ballgame
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It's a New Digital Ballgame

Digital technology brings new elements to sports.

This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish
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This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have constructed a self-powered squid-like robot that can swim via water-jet propulsion and record data on...

Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies
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Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies

Forensic and digital healthcare experts envision the incorporation of virtual/augmented reality into forensic science.

What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?
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What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?

A new mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles extends their performance without human intervention.

An Open Source Bionic Leg
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An Open Source Bionic Leg

University of Michigan researchers have released details online of the design of an open source bionic leg, and the results of its clinical tests.

Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy
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Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy

Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research have developed a mathematical model for more accurately predicting race times from the data assembled...

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.
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