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Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash
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Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash

More than a second before a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in March, the vehicle's computer system determined it needed to brake...

Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed
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Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed

Scientists may have identified up to six "dark galaxies," a finding that could help solve the mystery of how stars and galaxies are created.

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use
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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

Researchers have developed technology for translating neuromuscular signals into movements for prosthetic wrists and hands.

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers
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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread...

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks
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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

Rewarded for RISC
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Rewarded for RISC

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients David Patterson and John Hennessy developed the "dangerous" idea that software should be simpler so it can be executed more quickly...

3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games
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3D Sensors Provide Security, Better Games

A variety of techniques allow sensors to locate and recognize objects in space.

UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues
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UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from...

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play
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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric...

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds
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Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics
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Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
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A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.

First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off
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First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

Engineers at the University of Washington have created the first wireless, insect-sized flying robot.

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams
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It Takes a Single Autonomous Car to Prevent Phantom Traffic Jams

Honk if you've heard this one before: Autonomous and connected cars will make driving less of a drudge by handling the stop-n-go mundanity of your commute for you...
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