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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat
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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat

Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.

Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing
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Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing

The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

Microsoft Headset to Help Blind People Navigate Cities
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Microsoft Headset to Help Blind People Navigate Cities

Microsoft is collaborating with a British charity to develop a headset that could help the blind and the visually impaired navigate urban locations.

Met Office to Build Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build Supercomputer

The British government will spend 97 million British pounds on a new supercomputer to improve the Met Office's weather forecasting and climate modeling. 

Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer
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Met Office to Build £97m Supercomputer

The facility will work 13 times faster than the current system, enabling detailed, UK-wide forecast models with a resolution of 1.5km to be run every single hour...

Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?
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Can Virtual Reality Make You a Better Person?

"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.

Shellshock: 'deadly Serious' New Vulnerability Found
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Shellshock: 'deadly Serious' New Vulnerability Found

A "deadly serious" bug potentially affecting hundreds of millions of computers, servers and devices has been discovered.

Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet
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Robotic Brain 'learns' Skills from the Internet

Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available information sources such as YouTube.

Robotics: How Machines See the World
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Robotics: How Machines See the World

Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can?

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?
From ACM News

Do quantum computers threaten global encryption systems?

The modern world is a house of cards built upon encryption.

Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'
From ACM TechNews

Robot 'learns to Keep Going With Broken Leg'

Scientists used a methodology modeled on the behaviors of injured animals to help a six-legged robot relearn how to walk once one or more of its legs were damaged...

Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'
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Robot 'learns to Keep Going with Broken Leg'

Engineers have taken a step towards having machines that can operate when damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg.

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time
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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?
From ACM Careers

Will Workplace Robots Cost More Jobs Than They Create?

The UK unveiled its robotics strategy last Tuesday, revealing a plan drawn up by the Technology Strategy Board that aims to spur the country on towards capturing...

E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears
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E-Voting Experiments End in Norway Amid Security Fears

Norway is ending trials of e-voting systems used in national and local elections.

Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'
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Mind-Control: 'i Drove a Car with My Thoughts'

Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre.

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever
From ACM News

World Cup 2014 to Be Most Hi-Tech Football Event Ever

Football is full of "what ifs".

Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis
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Teenager Unleashes Computer Power For Cancer Diagnosis

Duke University undergraduate Brittany Wenger recently spoke about her research into using artificial intelligence to teach computers to diagnose cancer. 

'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?
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'killer Robots': Are They Really Inevitable?

The robot tank is moving rapidly through the scrub on its caterpillar tracks.

3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin
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3D Printing Reveals the Power of Shark Skin

Viewed up close, a shark's skin bristles with tiny teeth or "denticles" which aid swimming.
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