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Morphing Robots Can Grip, Climb, Crawl Like Insects
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Morphing Robots Can Grip, Climb, Crawl Like Insects

Three new robotic systems can adapt their shapes to better navigate tough terrain.

An Exabyte of Disk Storage at CERN
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An Exabyte of Disk Storage at CERN

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland has exceeded the 1-exabyte threshold, amassing 1 million terabytes (TB) of disk space.

An Hour of Training to Control Third Robotic Arm
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An Hour of Training to Control Third Robotic Arm

Researchers found that one hour of training is sufficient to make working with supernumerary robotic arms as effective as working with a partner.

CRISPR Tool Could Help Shred Viruses
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CRISPR Tool Could Help Shred Viruses

Rice University scientists have characterized the three-dimensional structure of one of the smallest known CRISPR-Cas13 systems for shredding or altering RNA.

Security Companies Are Turning to Robots as the Labor Shortage Bites
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Security Companies Are Turning to Robots as the Labor Shortage Bites

Robots increasingly are being used by security services firms to address a shortage of labor and high turnover rates.

3D Printer Makes Fast, Affordable Delivery of Post Office
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3D Printer Makes Fast, Affordable Delivery of Post Office

A new post office in Bengaluru, India, is the first in the world to be built using a three-dimensional (3D) printer.

Detect Quakes With 'Raspberry Shakes'
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Detect Quakes With 'Raspberry Shakes'

Raspberry Pi-based seismometers can supplement existing networks.

Looking Within
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Looking Within

Biosensing takes medical diagnostics to a deeper level.

Raspberry Pi Tracks Unseen Drones Using Sound
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Raspberry Pi Tracks Unseen Drones Using Sound

Researchers from the universities of Texas and Tennessee used Raspberry Pi computers to track unseen drones with sound.

AI Designs New Robot from Scratch in Seconds
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AI Designs New Robot from Scratch in Seconds

A research team led by Northwestern University scientists created an artificial intelligence capable of designing robots from scratch almost immediately.

Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot
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Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot

University of Texas at Austin's Siddarth Thakur developed a robot to assist firefighters.

Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry
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Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

U.S. chipmakers await monetary support from the government a year after supporting legislation was signed into law.

Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses
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Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses

A tetrahedron-shaped robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Bristol features flexible piping that allows it to alter its shape, size, and movements...

MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves
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MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves

The self-driving, four-wheeled MilliMobile robot created by University of Washington researchers draws power from ambient light or radio waves, and can travel 10...

Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing
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Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing

Procyon believes it might be possible to run ChatGPT's large language model neural networks on their hardware.

Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing
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Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing

Researchers developed a new material system that combines a superconductor and a topological insulator with the goal of making more robust qubits.

Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage
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Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage

A wearable optical device developed by Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) researchers can detect postpartum hemorrhage early.

These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased
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These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased

Two new papers from Sony and Meta describe novel methods to make bias detection fairer.

Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station
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Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station

The New York Police Department has deployed a nearly 400-pound "fully autonomous outdoor security robot" in Times Square's subway station as a test run.

Getting Audio from Still Images, Silent Videos
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Getting Audio from Still Images, Silent Videos

A machine learning tool developed at Northeastern University can obtain audio from still images and muted videos.
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