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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts
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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers
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Settling Arguments About Hydrogen With 168 Giant Lasers

With gentle pulses from gigantic lasers, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California transformed hydrogen into droplets of shiny liquid metal...

Nvidia Unveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture
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Nvidia Unveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture

Nvidia says it has "reinvented computer graphics" with its Turing graphics-processing unit architecture, which will serve as the platform for a new GPU family that...

Quantum Chains in Graphene Nanoribbons
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Quantum Chains in Graphene Nanoribbons

Researchers at Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have succeeded in adjusting the electronic properties of graphene nanoribbons by varying their...

LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt
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LHC Physicists Embrace Brute-Force Approach to Particle Hunt

A once-controversial approach to particle physics has entered the mainstream at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice
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How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice

Researchers have developed a physics-based, real-time method for controlling animated characters that can learn basketball dribbling skills from experience.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
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RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities
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Big Data Analytics to Automatically Detect Events in Smart Cities

Researchers used big data analytics to detect spatio-temporal events around London, testing the potential of the technology to harness live information.

Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons
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Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons

Researchers have used graphene nanoribbons to corral electrons for potential quantum computing applications.

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?
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Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?

Voice interfaces that repeat or prompt users to communicate could be more useful to children than currently available technologies.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
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Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail
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CRISPR 'Barcodes' Map Mammalian Development in Exquisite Detail

For the first time, scientists have wielded CRISPR to track a mammal's development from a single egg into an embryo with millions of cells.

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures
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Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures

Researchers say they have created a wireless smart wristband that will enable a new era of personal health and environmental monitoring devices.

Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories
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Exoskeletons Debut at Ford Factories

Ford plans to offer exoskeleton technology to its factory employees worldwide.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV
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Computer Simulations Predict the Spread of HIV

Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated computer models that can accurately predict the spread of HIV across populations.
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