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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.

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.

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs
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Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil and gas companies are investing in artificial intelligence to help automate operations, anticipate equipment malfunctions, boost fossil fuel production, and...

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks
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Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

Security researchers warned Australia should not rely on any online voting system that lacks a thorough ballot-verification method, to ensure against fraudulent...

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves
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Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves

An international team used sound waves to control quantum information in one electron, an advance in creating efficient quantum computers built from semiconductors...

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
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Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing
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Summit Simulates How Humans Will 'Brake' During Mars Landing

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are using the Summit supercomputer to model retropropulsion (using rocket engines to decelerate)...

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
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Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?
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If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?

A five-fingered feat could show important progress in Artificial Intelligence research. It is also a stunt.

How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry
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How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry

As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last, not merely to collect the data but also to compile it into usable form.

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip
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NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up delicate optical lenses and mirrors with the care and precision of human hands.
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