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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians
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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.

Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?
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Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?

Researchers are developing a computerized machine-learning method for better predicting how well a typical organ transplant will proceed.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood
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The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood

Chemists are dreamers. Every day, they imagine molecules floating in space, with atoms moving about in a stately dance.

New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control
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New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

Researchers are working on an approach to unmanned air systems and aerial vehicles that does not use global navigation satellite systems .

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

This Artificial Intelligence Turns Horses Into Zebras--and Winter Into Summer
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This Artificial Intelligence Turns Horses Into Zebras--and Winter Into Summer

A new model enables users to transform images in a "cycle consistent" way, so any changes to the original image are expected to remain fully reversible.

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
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A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips

The European Union-funded NANOBIOTOUCH and NEBIAS projects examined how touch stimuli and neural processing interact cs more intuitive.

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing
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Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing

Researchers at Purdue University have produced a rechargeable "spin battery" from topological insulators.

Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
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On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
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Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics
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Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics

Researchers at King's College London in the U.K. reviewed three-dimensional facial simulations of about 1,000 female twins, and found the shapes of specific facial...

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah
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UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah

Researchers are developing a scaled-down robotic version of a cheetah that uses only about 15% more energy than the real animal.

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer
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What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer

Johns Hopkins University professor Elana Fertig details her research to enhance precision medicine in cancer, using the techniques developed for finding patterns...
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