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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen
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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.

Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads
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Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads

Legislation passed by the lower house of Germany's parliament would permit driverless vehicles on that nation’s public roads by 2022.

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries
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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'
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Government Funding Could Help Set Up 'Seven to 10 New Chip Factories'

Government funding is needed to unlock private capital for chip invest, suggests U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?
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Is 5G Opening Security Holes in the Internet of Things?

The new 5G networks increase hacker access to the Internet of Things.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Taking the Heat
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Taking the Heat

Maxwell's demon and the high cost of erasure.

Highly Sensitive LiDAR System Enhances Autonomous Driving Vision
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Highly Sensitive LiDAR System Enhances Autonomous Driving Vision

A new Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system can enhance weak signals reflected off faraway objects.

Helping Robots Learn What They Can and Can't Do in New Situations
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Helping Robots Learn What They Can and Can't Do in New Situations

University of Michigan researchers have developed a method of helping robots to predict when the model on which they were trained is unreliable.

Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm
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Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm

Scientists conferred a sense of touch to a robotic arm that provides tactile feedback directly to a paralyzed man's brain.

'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs
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'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs

A "blind" bipedal robot trained in a simulator by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers can negotiate varying terrain, including the climbing of stairs.

Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo
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Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo

Researchers at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed a wireless, nose-worn device that can enable directional smell using tiny electrical impulses...

Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers
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Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers

A secure new computer processor thwarts hackers by randomly changing its underlying structure, making it virtually impossible to hack.

The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter
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The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter

New financial trading algorithms promise quantum- computer performance improvements over classical computers within 5-10 years, rather than 10-20.

Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
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Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done

A new algorithm aims to foster cooperation between information-gathering robot teams.

Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze
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Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze

Intel's researchers have proven that Horse Ridge could be used to control qubits directly next to the quantum processor.

An Automated Box on Wheels—with Personality
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An Automated Box on Wheels—with Personality

People find boxy talking robots humorous and engaging, which may make robotic technology more acceptable in everyday life.
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