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3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself
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3D-Printed Bunny Contains DNA Instructions to Make Copy of Itself

Researchers three-dimensionally-printed a polyester rabbit that contains DNA in which instructions for making copies of itself are stored.

Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer
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Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer

Researchers created a program to render household items into hand-activated robots using a three-dimensional (3D) printer. 

Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers
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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Researchers have developed golf ball-sized robots designed to collect data as they float through pipes.

This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa
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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

Carnegie Mellon University researchers developed a technique to inhibit the Amazon Alexa voice assistant's ability to respond to commands by playing an audio clip...

Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs
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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets
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DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

Researchers at DeepMind trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to guess missing words or characters from Greek inscriptions up to 2,600 years old. 

Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance
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Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

University of Virginia researchers have built a fish-inspired robot that can swim as fast as actual fish, and faster than similar robots.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water
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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

A new smartphone app can detect extremely small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when used with a microscope attachment...

Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves
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Artificial Skin Can Sense 1,000 Times Faster Than Human Nerves

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed artificial skin containing physical sensors that can detect pressure, bending, and temperature...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.
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