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Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:26:00 GMT

 



Google Science Fair: A 3D-Printed Exoskeleton That Can Train a Paralyzed Hand to Move Again

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:26:00 GMT

A 16-year-old from Saudi Arabia develops an exoskeleton and control glove to revolutionize physical therapy for stroke patients


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Mimicking the Veins in a Leaf, Scientists Hope to Make Super-Efficient Displays and Solar Cells

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Fractals and biomimetics just helped to surpass the performance of today’s transparent electrode materials


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A Brief History of the Microwave Oven

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Where the “radar” in Raytheon’s Radarange came from


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After the IC: Jack Kilby’s Solar Misadventure

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

The Nobel Prize winner spent a decade trying to create a household solar energy system—and failed


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Working Out With Intel and Oakley’s Chatty Radar Pace Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:43:00 GMT

If your smart glasses contain a virtual companion who knows exactly what you are doing and has an opinion about it, are you living in an augmented reality?


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Video Friday: Deep Learning for Cars, Space Invaders With Drones, and Disagreeable Robot

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:15:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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Demo: The Ekso GT Robotic Exoskeleton for Paraplegics and Stroke Patients

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:41:00 GMT

The exoskeleton built for spinal cord injury patients is now cleared for stroke patients as well


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A Superfast DNA Sequencer Based on Motion Detection

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Molybdenum disulfide is the new cutting-edge material for nanopore DNA sequencers


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New Memristor Circuit Mimics Synapses in the Brain

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:34:00 GMT

Engineers used memristors to accurately emulate a key part of learning and memory in the human brain


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Perovskites Become More Stable

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT

Two new techniques boost perovskite stability against heat, moisture and ultraviolet rays


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How a Robot Football Player Will Prevent Concussions

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

During practice, the MVP robot can stand in for American football players and take the tackles


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Aggressive Quadrotors Conquer Gaps With Ultimate Autonomy

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:12:00 GMT

Entirely onboard sensing and localization makes this drone ready for autonomous acrobatics anywhere


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Teens Rock Google Science Fair With Flexible Supercapacitors and Smart Bandages

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Google Science Fair finalists demonstrate the power of flexible electronics


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The Internet of Things Is Full of Motes, Domotics, and BANs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

The connected IoT is spawning a new vocabulary


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Surgeons See Success With Experimental 3D-Printed Bone Grafts

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:30:00 GMT

Researchers implant 3D-printed bone scaffolds in rats and a monkey


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The Next High-Performance Transistor Could Be Made From Lateral Nanowires

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

A potential FinFET successor comes into focus


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IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip Tested for Deep Learning

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

IBM's TrueNorth computer chip shows it can do deep learning despite not having been designed for it


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Novel Nanomaterial Could Yield Lossless Charge and Energy Transport

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

First observation of theorized phenomenon has implications for spintronics and chip thermal management


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How to Build a Theremin You Can Play With Your Whole Body

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

The TeraRanger One range finder lets you make a musical instrument with infrared light


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HERE Mapping Service to Automate Finding a Parking Spot

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Sensors in Audi, BMW, and Mercedes cars provide data for a service to launch in 2017


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“Too Cheap to Meter” Nuclear Power Revisited

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

After 50 years of operation, nuclear electric generation is still having teething pains


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China Unveils World's Largest Single-Dish Radio Telescope

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:21:00 GMT

The 500-meter-wide FAST telescope boasts greater sensitivity and a deformable mirror


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The 2017 Acura NSX: A Hybrid Supercar

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:30:00 GMT

Honda’s new Acura NSX is the first to marry a V-6 engine to three electric motors for high-speed steering


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The Megaprocessor Laughs at Your Puny Integrated Circuits

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

The wondrous insanity of a 42,300-transistor CPU the size of a room


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Flexible Nonvolatile Memory Just Got a Lot Closer

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

A novel molecule changes the game in flexible nonvolatile memory, potentially ushering a new era in wearable electronics


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Video Friday: LEGO Drone Kits, Robots in the Desert, and Pepper Learns New Tricks

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:41:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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The Internet of Fewer Things

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Early predictions of 50 billion connected devices by 2020 are being scaled back


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Clinton Calls for Tech Firms to Fight Terrorism, but Students Could Be the Key

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Stanford’s “Hacking for Defense” class to be offered at 13 universities next year; U.S. Defense Department gets ready to send students classified problems


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Bionic Arms Get a Thought-Control Upgrade

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:24:00 GMT

Pattern recognition software enables amputees to control prostheses in a natural and intuitive way


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LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Early adopters of LED street lighting are struggling with glare and light pollution


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D-Wave Founder's New Startup Combines AI, Robots, and Monkeys in Exo-Suits

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:35:00 GMT

Quantum computing pioneers want to patent AI telerobotics controlled by humans—and monkeys


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Fusing of Organic Molecules With Graphene Opens Up New Applications

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:01:00 GMT

A new manufacturing approach for hybrid materials provides an avenue for new device designs in a range of electronic applications


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Tesla's Massive New Autopilot Update Is Released, Promising Safer Driving

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:48:00 GMT

Autopilot 8.0 makes more use of cars' existing radar and works harder to keep the driver focused on the road


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Cheap Lidar: The Key to Making Self-Driving Cars Affordable

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Startups and established players think they have the key to inexpensive lidar


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Electrostatic Glider Could Maneuver Around Asteroids Without Expending Fuel

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:00 GMT

The charged dust around airless bodies provides a surfable environment for tiny electric spacecraft


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BIG-i Social Home Robot Has a Big Eye, Launches on Kickstarter

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:27:00 GMT

A unique mobile design and easy voice programming help this social robot stand out


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STEM Crisis? What About the STS Crisis?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

Science, technology, and society programs will become more effective if they’re embraced by scientists and engineers


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3D-Printed Plastic Blocks Generate Complex Acoustic Holograms

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT

Instead of an ultrasonic transducer array, you can now make tractor beams with some plastic and a 3D printer


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The Cancer Surgeon’s Latest Tool: Quantum Dots

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Now used to brighten displays, quantum dots could one day guide a surgeon’s hand


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Phosphorene Meets Expectations After Precise Measurements

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

More precise spectroscopy technique reveals phosphorene is as good as predicted


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TU Delft's Newest Tailsitter Drone Is Designed for Outback Delivery

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:45:00 GMT

A hybrid delta biplane design results in efficiency, range, and pinpoint landings


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The Right Way to Hire and Retain Minority Engineers

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

There’s no shortage of talented minority engineers. Experts weigh in on how to find and keep them


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Wind Battles Coal for Access to China’s Grid

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Coal interests oppose technologies and rules that would prevent the waste of pollution-free power


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Federal Regulators Open the On-Ramp for Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:30:00 GMT

New guidelines, due out today, will speed robocars into use as soon as possible


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Mood-Detecting Sensor Could Help Machines Respond to Emotions

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Smart homes could play music to fit your mood


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Project RAMA: Turning Asteroids Into Catapult-Powered Analog Spacecraft

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT

Giant analog computers, 3-D printing, and catapults could be the future of asteroid mining


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Lessons From the New York Bombing

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:03:00 GMT

Could anti-IED tech developed for Afghanistan and Iraq help in U.S. city streets?


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Hackers Offer a DIY Alternative to the $600 EpiPen

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:29:00 GMT

Outraged over price hikes for the drug injector, pharma hackers take matters into their own hands


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Ghost Robotics' Minitaur Quadruped Conquers Stairs, Doors, and Fences and Is Somehow Affordable

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:30:00 GMT

This robot uses innovative direct-drive motors to go pretty much anywhere


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Perovskite Solar Cells Grow Better With a Dash of Acrylic Glass

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:02:00 GMT

Acrylic glass, a common polymer, controls the growth of perovskite crystals to make a 21%-efficient solar cell


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"Real 5G" Will Broadcast Above 6 Gigahertz, Says Analyst

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:13:00 GMT

Because millimeter waves are the most meaningful 5G wireless innovation. Other experts disagree


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Silver Nanowires and Graphene Join Forces for Touch Screen Displays

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Silver nanowires linked together by graphene offer a cheaper and better alternative to indium tin oxide


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Video Friday: Faceless Humanoid, Robot Inside Eyeball, and Marc Raibert on Robotic Progress

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:50:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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Pokémon Go Plus: This Wearable Was Supposed to Be for Kids, but It’s Not Kids Who Are Buying It

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:15:00 GMT

Niantic CTO Phil Keslin says the $35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory was designed to be kids’ stuff


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Don't Like Their Faces? Train Your Brain to Feel More Positive

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT

Researchers use fMRI feedback to "brain train" volunteers so that they had more positive or negative feelings about a person's face


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"Hairy" Nanorods Offer Simpler Production Process

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:45:00 GMT

Generalized approach to producing nanorods using block copolymers could open up new applications


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OSRF Forms New Corporation, Partners With Toyota Research

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:40:00 GMT

A big donation and new partnership help ensure a robust future for the Robot Operating System


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Putting Humans in Stasis Is the Best Way of Getting Us to Mars

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:30:00 GMT

NASA-funded study makes compelling arguments in favor of traveling to Mars in an unconscious state


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Silicon Valley’s Secret Involves Proximity, Stolen Parts, and the Kindness of Strangers, Say Atari Alumni

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Atari alumni, gathering in Silicon Valley last week, reminisce about Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ray Dolby, and all the companies that got started with “liberated” parts


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A Ride In Ford's Self-Driving Car

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT

Multiple lidar sets provide not only an overlapping view forward and aft, but also a close-up view of the side


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Angry Kickstarter Backers Ask: Where's SCiO, My Pocket-Size Molecular Sensor?

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:05:00 GMT

Raising $2.7 million was the easy part. Making devices for 13,000 backers has proven harder


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Novel Semiconductor Has Double-Helix Structure of DNA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:00:00 GMT

An inorganic semiconductor has excellent electronic properties and flexibility, all thanks to a double-helix structure


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This Water-Jet Cutter Can Slice Through Anything: Steel, Glass, or Steak

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:25:00 GMT

Wazer introduces the first desktop water-jet cutter, bringing CNC cutting technology out of the factory and into DIY workshops


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Trio of Nations Aims to Hook Asia Super Grid to Grids of the World

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:32:00 GMT

China, South Korea, and Japan envision Northeast Asia as center of global power grid


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Atari Alumni Talk About the Tall Tales They Told to Launch an Industry

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:00:00 GMT

Games were played to get this pioneering game company off the ground


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Dutch Police Buy Four Eagle Chicks for Anti-Drone Flying Squad

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:44:00 GMT

After successful trials earlier this year, Dutch police are training 100 humans and four eagle chicks to take out drones


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Monkey Types 12 Words Per Minute With Brain-Computer Interface

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:00:00 GMT

The brain-computer interface is already being tested in humans with Lou Gehrig's disease


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Aggressive Quadrotors Zip Through Narrow Windows Without Any Help

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:40:00 GMT

No window is safe from a quadrotor incursion


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Ford: Robotaxis in 2021, Self-Driving Cars for Consumer 2025

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

"No steering wheel, no brake pedal" for self-driving car, says CEO


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Walk Around in the Sun to Power Wearables With This Cloth

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:29:00 GMT

Fabric woven from fiber-based solar cells and kinetic energy harvesters generates power day and night


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New System Could Break Bottleneck in Microprocessors

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:38:00 GMT

Turning burdensome software into simple hardware speeds core-to-core communication in microprocessors


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Tackle This: Football’s Newest Most Valuable Player Is a Robot

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT

The MVP robot-tackling dummy takes hits so football players won’t have to


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Graphene Enables Flat Speakers for Mobile Audio Systems

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:00:00 GMT

Realizing the promise of over a century of thermoacoustic-based speakers, a simple process means the technology could find its way into portable speakers


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Video Friday: Atlas Balancing, Giant Drone With Arms, and Modified Racing Roomba

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 15:20:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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EEG Identification Can Steal Your Most Closely Held Secrets

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 14:30:00 GMT

Brain wave-based authentication systems are giving away a lot more than just your name


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