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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records
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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.

Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves
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Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves

An international team used sound waves to control quantum information in one electron, an advance in creating efficient quantum computers built from semiconductors...

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
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Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow
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Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Two companies have partnered on an autonomous shuttle service to transport commuters between a Metro station and locations in Reston, VA.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots
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The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

Researchers have developed motion-capture software that uses deep learning to model a fruit fly's movements in three dimensions, in the hope of designing fly-like...

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip
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NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up delicate optical lenses and mirrors with the care and precision of human hands.

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars
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Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold
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3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

Scientists have developed a nanoscale three-dimensional printing methodology that maintains resolution and is 1,000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography...

SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips
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SMART Announces Successful Way to Commercially Manufacture Novel Integrated Silicon III-V Chips

Researchers have developed a commercially viable method of creating new silicon III-V chips, a breakthrough that could lead to intelligent optoelectronic and 5G...

Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter
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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

A 3D bioprinter fabricated a beef steak aboard the International Space Station thanks to a collaboration of Aleph Farms and 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

Underwater Drones Make Waves
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Underwater Drones Make Waves

Underwater drones offer scientists a glimpse into the world's least-known frontier.

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds
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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010...

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning
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When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning

A study by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Central Florida found that human confidence in robots decreases after a robot makes a mistake, even when...
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