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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI
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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...

Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing
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Accenture Pushes Deeper Into Quantum Computing

The Accenture professional services firm is expanding its quantum computing consulting practice, reflecting growing corporate interest in the technology.

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.

'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly
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'Robot Tail' Could Help Reduce Risk of Falling for Elderly

Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a prototype robot tail to enhance human balance and help make seniors less susceptible to falls.

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind
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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios
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VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality to help train officers for active-shooter scenarios.

Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question
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Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Researchers have solved a longstanding question in turbulence using supercomputers running simulations on graphics processors originally developed for gaming.

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types
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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

What Makes a Robot Likable?
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What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.

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...

Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant
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Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World's Smallest Ant

Researchers have developed tiny three-dimensionally (3D)-printed robots that move by harnessing vibrations.

The Speediest Quantum Operation Yet
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The Speediest Quantum Operation Yet

Researchers in Australia built the first two-qubit gate between atomic qubits in silicon.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits
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Researchers Build Transistor-Like Gate for Quantum Information Processing - with Qudits

Purdue ­niversity researchers used qudits to develop what could be a quantum version of a transistor, known as a gate.
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