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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building
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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about...

'Momentum Computing' Pushes Technology's Thermodynamic Limits
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'Momentum Computing' Pushes Technology's Thermodynamic Limits

Two University of California, Davis researchers have proposed a computational method for dissipating a small fraction of the heat generated by conventional computer...

Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze
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Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze

The neuromorphic computing device solved the puzzle by working like an animal brain would.

Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm
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Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm

An international team of scientists developed a deep learning algorithm to more deeply explore permanently shadowed regions of the Moon.

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...

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...

New App Tracks Black Rhinos Through Their Footprints
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New App Tracks Black Rhinos Through Their Footprints

The footprint-identification technique uses software to track black rhinoceros' movements via smartphone-recorded footprints, in order to protect the animals from...

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...

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates
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Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

A new study incorporates a mathematical model that predicts protein sites on viruses that might be particularly susceptible to disabling treatments.

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.

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...

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.
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