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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps
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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

A new system allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using a single camera and onboard processing.

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation
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Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Researchers have built a robotic gripper that can turn friction on and off to facilitate manipulating objects with one hand.

Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM
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Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM

IIT Roorkee in India and Applied Materials have added metallic nanoparticles to dynamic RAM to eliminate row hammering data corruption in high-volume DRAM cells...

Building Quantum Computers With Photons
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Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in China have built a photonic quantum processor, which generates and manipulates two photonically...

Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G
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Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G

Researchers are testing the capabilities of 5G network technologies to transmit information to and from vehicles while they are on the road, using a robotic car...

This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs
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This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs

Cameras used to be their own devices with lenses and film and trips to the drug store to get the pictures developed. Then, they disappeared into phones, tablets...

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things
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How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

A paper-based single-use battery harnesses bacteria to generate an electric current, and then to consume the battery after its use.

A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices
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A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices

Researchers have demonstrated proof of principle for a method of controlling graphene's rotation and the dynamic variance of its electrical, optical, and mechanical...

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia
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World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers
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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs
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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators
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Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Cornell University researchers have devised ways for biodegradable robotic actuators to be powered by popping corn.

New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation
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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

A new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers to recommend movies or route taxis.

Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain
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Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain

Leveraging recent advances in optimal and nonlinear control systems, the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated a bipedal...

A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown
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A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed ...

Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps
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Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.

Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water
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Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water

Researchers in Japan have developed a firefighting snake-like robot with the body of a fire hose.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

It's summertime here at IEEE Spectrum, and that means it's time for our fourth interactive ranking of the top programming languages.

Making Radio Chips for Hell
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Making Radio Chips for Hell

A new wireless radio mixer integrated circuit can operate at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius.
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