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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...

Albatross Robot Takes Flight
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Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a...

Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection
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Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection

Colorado State University's Jesse Wilson said he will use his Young Investigator Award from the Melanoma Research Alliance to further pursue non-invasive melanoma...

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.

AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide
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AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers devised a new way to automate the contouring of tumor volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural...

Computer Redesigns Enzyme
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Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination...

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.

Getting Hooked on Tech
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Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

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...

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem
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How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on...

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees
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'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.

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.

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness
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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

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.

AI and Emotions
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AI and Emotions

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.
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