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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work
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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.

Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit
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Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit

A man paralyzed from the waist down has broken the world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

Robotic Device Helps Spine Injury Patients Sit More Comfortably
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Robotic Device Helps Spine Injury Patients Sit More Comfortably

Columbia University researchers have built a robotic device to assist and train people with spinal cord injuries to sit with greater stability, which could help...

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market
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Chuck Peddle's $25 Microprocessor Ignited Computer Market

Engineer led team whose cheap device, launched in 1975, made desktop machines affordable.

Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules
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Apple Opens Public Bug Bounty Program, Publishes Rules

Apple has formally opened its bug bounty program to all researchers and outlined the program's rules on its website. The maximum available bounty is $1.5 million...

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors
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India to Build 11 New Supercomputers With Indigenous Processors

India's government has approved the building and installation of 11 new supercomputers at research institutes across the country based on indigenously developed...

AI-Driven Robots Are Improving Solar Cells, Other Technologies
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AI-Driven Robots Are Improving Solar Cells, Other Technologies

A new single-armed robotic system is equipped with an artificial intelligence algorithm, in order to perform materials science design tests.

A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days
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A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days

Startup Plus.ai has completed the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck.

Demonstration of High-Speed SOT-MRAM Memory Cell Compatible with 300-mm Si CMOS Technology
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Demonstration of High-Speed SOT-MRAM Memory Cell Compatible with 300-mm Si CMOS Technology

A new high-speed spin-orbit-torque magnetoresistive random-access memory cell interoperates with silicon complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology.

Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers
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Intel Creates Chip to Control Quantum Computers

Intel has announced a chip designed to control quantum computers by assuming the workload of the many wires that typically connect such systems to controllers. ...

Autonomy and Automation on the Water
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Autonomy and Automation on the Water

Self-driving and remote-controlled vessels are taking over some duties from human crews.

A Network Design for the 'Internet from Space'
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A Network Design for the 'Internet from Space'

Researchers are proposing a network design that could double the network capacity of low-flying satellites to create an "Internet from Space."

Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering
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Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering

Researchers have developed a bioprinter that can speed computer-controlled creation of human tissue.

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts
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Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts

A robot with emotion-sensing voice detectors has been launched to the International Space Station.

Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster
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Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster

A new diagnostic tool designed to detect power line problems is being used by utilities to address those problems before they become disasters.

Producing Glass with a 3D Printer
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Producing Glass with a 3D Printer

Researchers employed three-dimensional printing to manufacture complex and porous glass objects using an ultraviolet-light-cured resin.
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