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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers
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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Researchers have developed golf ball-sized robots designed to collect data as they float through pipes.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work
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Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers
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Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation in China have developed a prototype autonomous hexacopter drone that can inspect glass skyscrapers more quickly...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours
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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Researchers have developed a method of three-dimensionally printing a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it...

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles
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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy...

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point
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The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

AI, robotics, and industrial software are rapidly approaching a tipping point that could correspond with the greatest level of stock outperformance.

MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach
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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

A new robotic system can "grow" in a way similar to how a young plant grows upward.

3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits
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3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, biomedical devices.

The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities
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The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities

Researchers in South Korea have developed a biometric system that uses a transducer to generate vibrations and sound waves that can be used to identify individuals...

'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'
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'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'

Smart mirrors bring a new form-factor to on-campus information access.  

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing
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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs
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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.
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