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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood
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The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood

Chemists are dreamers. Every day, they imagine molecules floating in space, with atoms moving about in a stately dance.

New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control
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New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

Researchers are working on an approach to unmanned air systems and aerial vehicles that does not use global navigation satellite systems .

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
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A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips

The European Union-funded NANOBIOTOUCH and NEBIAS projects examined how touch stimuli and neural processing interact cs more intuitive.

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing
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Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing

Researchers at Purdue University have produced a rechargeable "spin battery" from topological insulators.

Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
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On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah
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UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah

Researchers are developing a scaled-down robotic version of a cheetah that uses only about 15% more energy than the real animal.

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
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50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
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'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
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Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

Researchers Harness Heat to Power Computers
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Researchers Harness Heat to Power Computers

Researchers say they have developed a nano-thermal-mechanical device that could help computers use heat as an alternative energy source.

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security
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Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security

Researchers say they have developed the first-ever detailed worldwide map of the Internet.

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
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Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...
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