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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier
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Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier

A robotic submarine captured the first-ever images of the foundations on the ocean floor of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters
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Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

A Queen's University Belfast researcher developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters, and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be...

Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices
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Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Researchers have built a "biorobotic hybrid heart" from heart tissue and a robotic pumping system for testing prosthetic valves and other cardiac devices.

Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System
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Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System

Researchers have stored and retrieved over 200 kilobytes of digital image files by encoding the data in mixtures of custom-synthesized libraries of small molecules...

Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns
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Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns

A new handheld three-dimensional skin printer can accelerate healing from burns.

New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems
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New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems

A new study helps explain how the human brain adapts to complexity in learning and decision-making.

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips
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Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Opening up part of the chipmaking process could jostle the industry.

CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest
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CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest

Researchers in the U.K. used computed tomography scanning and a three-dimensionally-printed larynx to reproduce the sound from the vocal tract of a 3,000-year-old...

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Soft, Sensitive, and Smart
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Soft, Sensitive, and Smart

The future of robotic skin.

Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot
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Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot

The first person diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. is being treated with the help of a robot at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA...

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads
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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico...

Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?
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Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?

Seeking alternatives to silicon as Moore’s Law approaches its end.

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers
From Communications of the ACM

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers

They need to show us they can solve the biggest problems.

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption
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AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 

Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order
From ACM TechNews

Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order

Researchers have developed a brain-inspired disordered network for detecting ordered patterns, which uses "hopping conduction" to reach solutions without predesigned...
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