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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer
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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

A team of computer scientists and bioengineers has developed a method of engineering T cells to recognize a specific combination of cancer markers.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods
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Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from...

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design
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Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that simulates and optimizes robot design and control programs.

Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Modelling Clouds and Climate
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Modelling Clouds and Climate

Machine learning algorithms are showing promise at helping better simulate the effect of clouds, making climate models more accurate.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver
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An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver

Many automakers now offer driving monitors as optional or standard components that warn parents if their teenagers are not driving well.

Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications
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Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications

Driven by a magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces.

Softening Up Robots
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Softening Up Robots

Giving robots soft, artificial skin would enable them to work more closely with people.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects
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'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects

A soft fabric robotic gripper developed by University of New South Wales Sydney engineers can grasp, pick up, and release fragile objects without breaking them....

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough
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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

City College of New York researchers say they have developed a quantum algorithm with the potential to study a class of many-electron quantums system using quantum...

Menace from Space
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Menace from Space

Cosmic rays threaten quantum computation.

Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones
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Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones

At South Korea's Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, researchers invented a method for creating a thin holographic video display for mobile phones.

Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands
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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally-printed solar-powered bionic hand, to help amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa...

Spoofing the Spoofers
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Spoofing the Spoofers

Security deception software gets an upgrade.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...
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