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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding
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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

The U.S.-China trade war is fracturing the world's semiconductor manufacturing base, and that won't stop even if the tariffs do.

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley
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Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley

Disney Research roboticists have found that slowing a robot’s reaction time and movements made people feel less threatened, helping to avoid the "uncanny valley"...

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It
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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting...

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other
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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.

RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles
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RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can experience collisions without being damaged.

'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation
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'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retailers and logistics operators are investing in collaborative robots (cobots) to accelerate warehouse operations in the holiday season.

Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event
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Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event

Five teenaged Syrian refugees working together as Team Hope led a four-team alliance to win the grand finale of the FIRST Global Challenge 2019 in Dubai.

Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle
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Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

Startup Zipline has demonstrated how next-generation delivery drones could bring medical and other supplies to the battlefield.

 Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age
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Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age

Initial applications could include optical quantum sensors, optical quantum transistors, and optically uncrackable quantum encryption.

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments
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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.

Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky
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Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky

University of California, San Diego engineers have developed soft, tubular actuators with electrically driven movements for compact, portable, and multifunctional...

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
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Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
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Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 
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