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Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous
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Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting robots can enter buildings that human firefighters cannot. Researchers are working to develop firefighting robots that can make decisions autonomously...

How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances
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How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo use an advanced three-dimensional tracking system that captures athletes' performances in fine detail.

AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers
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AI Creates False Documents That Fake Out Hackers

The algorithm hides sensitive information in a sea of decoys.

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?
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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help
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Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Researchers have simulated the way each leg of a spider functions as a semi-independent "computer," with sensors that trigger movements based on environmental readings...

This Robot Can Rap—Really
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This Robot Can Rap—Really

A Georgia Institute of Technology music technologist modified an improvisational musical robot called Shimon to create lyrics and perform rap in real time.

3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly...

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?
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Can We Identify Invasive Species Before They Invade?

Researchers have developed models for predicting patterns of damage by invasive insects that attack North American trees.

Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation
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Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation

Researchers hope to use algorithms to improve multimessenger astronomy.

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu
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Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Last week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the science team of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission presented their first findings from the asteroid...

Computers Determine States of Consciousness
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Computers Determine States of Consciousness

A new algorithm can distinguish between unresponsive wakefulness syndrome and a minimally conscious state through the use of  electroencephalographic brainwave...

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit
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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying "click" she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view.

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts
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Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently...

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?
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Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.
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