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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs
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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs

A new "pick-and-place" robot features a standard industrial robotic arm equipped with a custom gripper and suction cup.

Scientists Pave the Way for Resilient Robot Swarms
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Scientists Pave the Way for Resilient Robot Swarms

Researchers at the University of Southampton in the U.K. say they are developing fault-tolerant robotic swarms using bio-inspired algorithms and machine learning...

Deep Learning for Biology
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Deep Learning for Biology

Four years ago, scientists from Google showed up on neuroscientist Steve Finkbeiner's doorstep.

New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus
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New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the...

Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories
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Twitter Bars Tactics Used by 'Bots' to Spread False Stories

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it would no longer allow people to post identical messages from multiple accounts, cracking down on a tactic that Russian agents and...

Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials
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Multidisciplinary Team Receives DARPA Award to Develop Novel Magnetic Materials

Researchers have received a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency award to develop novel magnetic materials by unlocking the power of skyrmions.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

Programming a DNA Clock
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Programming a DNA Clock

Nature is a master at constructing biological machines and circuits, including the ones that maintain the body's internal clock, copy genes or help cells move. ...

Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System
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Inching Closer to a DNA-Based File System

When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires...

In Pursuit of Virtual Life
From Communications of the ACM

In Pursuit of Virtual Life

Scientists are simulating biological organisms and replicating evolution in the lab. How far can they expand the boundaries of virtual life?

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...

Copycatch
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Copycatch

Researchers in India have created a deep-learning algorithm to help people identify doctored images by focusing on specific areas of the human face.

Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?
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Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?

Researchers in Germany have probed the extent to which autonomous social bots were used on Twitter during Japan's general elections in 2014.

Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment
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Brain Scan and Artificial Intelligence Could Help Predict Whether OCD Will Improve With Treatment

Researchers have developed a way to use brain scans and machine learning to predict whether people with obsessive compulsive disorder will benefit from cognitive...

After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced
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After Florida School Shooting, Russian 'Bot' Army Pounced

One hour after news broke about the school shooting in Florida last week, Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia released hundreds of posts taking...

The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering
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The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering

The morning John Kennedy was set to testify last December, he woke up at 1:30 am, in an unfamiliar hotel room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, adrenaline coursing through...

All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography
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All-Terrain Microbot Moves by Tumbling Over Complex Topography

Researchers have created a "microscale magnetic tumbling robot" propelled by a constantly spinning magnetic field in an end-over-end or sideways tumbling motion...

Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 
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Lawmakers Worry about Rise of Fake Video Technology 

Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes...

New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light
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New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light

Researchers from the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute have created a photonic chip that generates and steers single photons.
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