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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer
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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has disclosed the details of its newest $500-million supercomputer.

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...

NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises
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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting...

UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects Up to 120 Times Its Weight
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Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects Up to 120 Times Its Weight

Researchers have designed a robot-mounted gripper that can lift items of various weights, shapes, and sizes.

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
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The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights
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Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights

Yale University researchers have designed an observational drone that can perch like a bird to save energy.

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares US Allies

The Trump administration's standoff with Chinese tech giant Huawei is entering a new phase, one that could put existing intelligence-sharing agreements with U.S...

Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama
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Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama

Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final...

Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks
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Breakthrough Research Using Quantum Cryptography Addresses Security in 5G Networks

Researchers have demonstrated a solution for securing future critical communications infrastructure, including emerging 5G networks.

University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat
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University of Washington Team Creates Voice-Controlled Robot to Help People Eat

A voice-controlled robot can feed pieces of fruit to humans on command.

Collaborating with Robots
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Collaborating with Robots

The challenge of cobots in the workplace.

U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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U.S. Warns Germany: Using Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live
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Tonight's Dinner? In a Cooler-Sized Robot That Knows Where You Live

Venture-backed startups have been dispatching cooler-sized robots in cities around the U.S. to deliver food and groceries to customers' doorsteps.

Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups
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Shuttering of NSA Surveillance Program Emboldens Privacy Groups

The potential end to a controversial National Security Agency phone records collection program is energizing privacy groups and lawmakers who have long called for...

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World
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How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect...

Huawei Suit Against U.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed
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Huawei Suit Against U.S. Tries to Go Where Russian Firm Failed

Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese telecom giant facing multiple criminal indictments in the U.S., is expanding on a Russian company's failed legal argument to...
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