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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very
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Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

A decade on, expanding open ecosystem highlights limits of monolithic approach to CPU design.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
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Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge
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Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge recently concluded its Urban Circuit, with a team of robots and operators from NASA's...

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy
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NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted for two new supercomputers, which would triple the organization's computing capacity.

This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

The Tentacle Bot
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The Tentacle Bot

Researchers have engineered an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that grasps, moves, and manipulates objects of all shapes, sizes, and textures.

Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles
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Machine Learning Method From Stanford, with Toyota Researchers, Could Supercharge Battery Development for Electric Vehicles

Researchers have developed a machine learning technique that reduces battery testing times by 98%—a step toward longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric...

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR
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Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR

Researchers combined virtual reality with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep
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Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think
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Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Researchers have determined that global datacenter energy consumption remained relatively flat across the last decade.

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint
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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.

Should Robots Have a Face?
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Should Robots Have a Face?

As automation comes to retail industries, companies are giving machines more humanlike features in order to make them liked, not feared.

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams
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Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Northwestern University researchers have developed a decentralized algorithm that guarantees collision and congestion avoidance, a key step toward controlling fleets...

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
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Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 
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