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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength
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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength

The U.S. Marine Corps will test use-cases for Guardian XO Alpha, a wearable robotic exoskeleton from the defense-focused subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics.

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair
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Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have built three-dimensionally printed bricks that can be used to heal broken bones and damaged soft tissue.

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future...

Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says
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Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says

The automaker's Project Artemis aims to overtake Tesla as the industry leader in software.

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios
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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

Researchers developed and tested an augmented reality headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing
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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars
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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.

Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers
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Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers hope their giant atoms lead to a simpler, enhanced form of quantum computers.

U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home
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U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

Computer makers were caught off guard by the huge surge in demand for laptops, with many retailers and distributors struggling to keep up during the early period...

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities
From ACM TechNews

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot...

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'
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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography...

Robot Usage is Soaring During  Pandemic
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Robot Usage is Soaring During Pandemic

Conditions are ideal for a massive adoption boost to robotic and software automation technologies.

Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South
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Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South

Amazon has announced the deployment of its Scout autonomous delivery system to Atlanta, GA, and Franklin, TN, following year-long pilots elsewhere.

'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing
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'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing

Purdue University engineers have developed a quantum random walk method that could eventually allow computers to sift through data at incredibly fast speeds.

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
From ACM TechNews

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

What's That Smell?
From ACM News

What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.
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