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Producing Glass with a 3D Printer
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Producing Glass with a 3D Printer

Researchers employed three-dimensional printing to manufacture complex and porous glass objects using an ultraviolet-light-cured resin.

Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors
From ACM TechNews

Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that is programmable with either photons or electrons.

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves
From ACM TechNews

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

A new circuit design enables computing using magnetic waves, rather than electricity.

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket
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Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and fit in a pocket.

Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers
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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Researchers have developed golf ball-sized robots designed to collect data as they float through pipes.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
From ACM News

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
From ACM TechNews

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
From Communications of the ACM

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers
From ACM TechNews

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation in China have developed a prototype autonomous hexacopter drone that can inspect glass skyscrapers more quickly...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
From ACM TechNews

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours
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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Researchers have developed a method of three-dimensionally printing a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it...

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles
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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy...

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
From ACM TechNews

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point
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The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

AI, robotics, and industrial software are rapidly approaching a tipping point that could correspond with the greatest level of stock outperformance.

MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach
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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

A new robotic system can "grow" in a way similar to how a young plant grows upward.

3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits
From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, biomedical devices.
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