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Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:50:00 GMT

 



Video Friday: Robotics for Happiness, Drone Films, and Jeff Bezos' Robot Suit

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:50:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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How to Protect Your House From Water Leaks—Without the Internet of Things

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

An Arduino and a few modifications to off-the-shelf equipment are all you need to guard against plumbing disasters


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Nanochip Gas Sensors Promise Personal Air Quality Monitors in our Pockets

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Low-power, highly sensitive, chip-based gas sensor operates at room temperature


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Twilight for the Golden Age of Earth Observation?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

NASA’s new geosensing satellites may be on the chopping block. The timing could hardly be worse


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Hackaday Prize is Looking for Products—and Profitability

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT

The 2017 contest puts a renewed emphasis on projects that could become succesful businesses


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How Open-Source Robotics Hardware Is Accelerating Research and Innovation

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:59:00 GMT

Open hardware systems could make robots more affordable and easier to build


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More Renewable Energy Means More Operating Reserves, Right? Wrong

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

How changes in regulations have resulted in a decrease in operating reserves


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How to Escape the PowerPoint Prison

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Presentations don’t have to provoke despair


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Meet Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the Writers Behind the Sci-Fi Horror Movie Life

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT

The International Space Station becomes a hunting ground for a Martian creature


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A Better Way to Organize the Internet: Content-Centric Networking

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

An ambitious new networking scheme promises to make the Internet safer and more reliable


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Harvard Develops a Cheap Smartphone Test for Male Fertility

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Harvard's home testing kit for male fertility would just need your smartphone and semen sample


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President Trump Needs an Engineering Adviser

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

The new president could use advice from a practical problem solver


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Power Components for Battery Applications

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Today, many systems from electric vehicles and home energy storage to communications infrastructure, use batteries to enable portable power or provide a fall back in the event that mains power fails.



Lice-Hunting Underwater Drone Protects Salmon With Lasers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Yes, fish get lice. Laser-wielding robot will help salmon farmers shoot their way out of the problem


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Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Database in Rail Systems

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT

As rail systems generate more data, developers need to rethink how they process this information.



DIY Lego Robot Brings Lab Automation to Students

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:17:00 GMT

Stanford researchers design Lego robot kit so students can automate their chemistry experiments


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Software Engineering Jobs Dominate List of Best Careers for 2017

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Jobs site Indeed: Full stack developer is best career; machine learning engineers earn more


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Hackers Try to Steal Self-Driving Tech From China's Baidu

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT

Robocar IP gets the most sincere complement of all: people are stealing it


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Sequential Programming Considered Harmful?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Russ Miller wants computer science students to think in parallel from the get-go


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The Bunny, the Witch, and the War Room

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Sharon Weinberger’s new book, The Imagineers of War, reveals some real-life X-Files


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Facebook Seeking Top EE to Help It Cross Into Consumer Electronics

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Facebook aims to hire an “impatient individual” as head EE on a fast-growing team of hardware engineers


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What’s Different About Surveillance Servers?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:30:00 GMT

As surveillance systems continue to evolve, their requirements are diverging from those of standard servers. Knowing a bit about the forces transforming surveillance can help you build the fittest server in the jungle.



Flying Saucer Quantum Dots: The Secret to Better, Brighter Lasers

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:50:00 GMT

The elliptical shape makes the lasing process easier


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Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells Climbs

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Japanese materials company prototypes a 26.3% efficient silicon cell, steps away from the 29% theoretical maximum


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This Self-Poofing Fabric Transforms From T-Shirt to Parka

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:30:00 GMT

Otherlab’s self-fluffing fabric changes its insulation in response to temperature


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Video Friday: Robots Rapping, Robo-Boat Competition, and Wall-Avoiding Drone

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:59:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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Trump Dumps Climate Science and Innovation in 2018 Budget Blueprint

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

President Donald Trump outlined a fiscal 2018 budget request that asks Congress to stamp out federal climate science and slash investment in energy innovation


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X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:05:00 GMT

With X-ray ptychography, researchers take the first step toward being able to easily map a chip for reverse engineering


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Smartphone Accelerometers Can Be Fooled by Sound Waves

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:43:00 GMT

University of Michigan researchers spoof an accelerometer by hitting the right note


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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:40:00 GMT

Teleoperating complex robots is really hard, and Georgia Tech is working to fix that


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Combining Twisted Light and Plasmons Could Supercharge Data Storage

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT

Creating and observing the orbital angular momentum of plasmons could open up a new data-storage system


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Tesla Teams With Tiny Hawaiian Utility to Store Solar

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:24:00 GMT

Kauai Island Electric Cooperative is taking advantage of solar PV price drops and emerging battery technology to reinvent itself


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Robotic Kelp Farms Promise an Ocean Full of Carbon-Neutral, Low-Cost Energy

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Open-ocean kelp farms with drone shepherds could provide renewable energy that doesn't take up land area


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Why Mary Lou Jepsen Left Facebook: To Transform Health Care and Invent Consumer Telepathy

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:30:00 GMT

Her device uses near-infrared to provide MRI-resolution imaging in a cheap wearable


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Robot Knows the Right Question to Ask When It's Confused

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:57:00 GMT

Understanding when they don't understand will help make robots more useful


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Introduction to EMC Compatibility

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

This paper is intended to provide the reader with a basic understanding of Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility, the various standards and specifications associated with being compliant



What Happened When We Took the SCiO Food Analyzer Grocery Shopping

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Who needs infrared spectrometers in their phones? People who hate buying tasteless produce or mystery cheese


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The Nobelists and Their Molecular Machines

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Development is incremental in molecular nanotechnology, but it is coming along slowly


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Fractus Antennas Pitches New “Antenna-less” Smartphone Technology

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Instead of a dedicated antenna, the company's approach radiates radio-frequency signals from the ground plane


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One Small Step for a Paraplegic, One Big Step Toward Reversing Paralysis

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT

A clinical trial in Switzerland is testing a spinal implant to help paralyzed people walk again


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Can Ultraprecise Time Measurements Warp Space?

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:05:00 GMT

Einstein and Heisenberg suggest that exact time measurements can produce tiny gravitational fields


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Deep-Learning First: Drive.ai's Path to Autonomous Driving

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

These cars use deep learning to turn past experience into better decisions


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Intel Buys Mobileye for $15 billion

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:57:00 GMT

The deal rounds out two years of frenetic robocar acquisitions


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Silicon Valley Computational Drug Startup Takes on Glaucoma

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:36:00 GMT

Palo Alto startup twoXAR partners with Santen Pharmaceutical to identify new glaucoma drugs; efforts on rare skin disease, liver cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetic nephropathy also under way


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SXSW 2017: If the Internet Has a Kill Switch, We Are It

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Policies and human beings are the weak points in ensuring a reliable and available Internet, experts say


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How Drive.ai Is Mastering Autonomous Driving With Deep Learning

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT

Deep learning from the ground up helps Drive's cars handle the challenges of autonomous driving


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With Synthetic Biology Software, Geneticists Design Living Organisms From Scratch

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:30:00 GMT

Project that aims to build a synthetic yeast pioneers the design and debugging of chromosomes


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California Gives the Green Light to Self-Driving Cars

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Companies could be allowed to operate and sell autonomous vehicles by the end of the year


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Video Friday: Brain Scanning Baxter, Burger Flipping Arm, and Elevators With Feelings

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit: Self-Fluffing Fabrics and the World's Coolest Paint

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT

We check out prototypes from a government-funded future of efficient, affordable energy


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At SXSW, Don't Miss These IEEE Spectrum Events

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

We bring you Vint Cerf, a debate on synthetic biology, and the latest news on Moore's Law


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This Hard-to-Destroy Drone Goes From Rigid to Flexible When It Crashes

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:54:00 GMT

Inspiration for this design came from insect wings


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After WikiLeaks, a Recap of How the U.S. Government Discloses a Zero-Day

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 16:06:00 GMT

Through the secretive Vulnerability Equities Process, agencies determine whether to share software vulnerabilities with manufacturers


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Is This Twilight for the Golden Age of Earth Observation?

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:06:00 GMT

NASA’s new geosensing satellites may be on the chopping block. The timing could hardly be worse


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Nvidia wants AI to Get Out of the Cloud and Into a Camera, Drone, or Other Gadget Near You

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

And they have a new piece of hardware—the Jetson TX2—that they hope everyone will use for this edge processing


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Single Atom Serves as World's Smallest Magnet and Data Storage Device

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 19:30:00 GMT

For the first time, a single atom can store a single bit of data


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Download 6 Essential Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Oscilloscope

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:30:00 GMT

Download this interactive eBook to get ‘6 Essential Tips’ to help you do faster testing and avoid mistakes that negatively impact your results.



Solutions for 802.11p Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments (WAVE) Measurements

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 17:30:00 GMT

Learn about test solutions used by automotive engineers for advanced wireless technology providing increased safety with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications.



SK Telecom Exec Talks 5G Tech, 2017 Trials

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Don’t expect early 5G service in South Korea to reflect what carriers elsewhere have described


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Inside DARPA’s Mission to Send a Repair Robot to Geosynchronous Orbit

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The RSGS spacecraft could visit and inspect dozens of satellites


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Leveraging Natural Language Processing in Requirements Analysis

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:30:00 GMT

This whitepaper explores emerging Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies that significantly reduce the cost and effort of fixing requirements errors.



Where Will Disposal of Wastewater from Fracking and Other Drilling Trigger Earthquakes?

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:00:00 GMT

Injection wells that dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling operations can trigger earthquakes. Stanford releases a free tool to predict the risk


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TALOS Humanoid Now Available from PAL Robotics

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:15:00 GMT

PAL Robotics hopes that within the next five years, TALOS will be working side by side with humans


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Full Cost of Electricity: Modeling Natural Gas Prices Offers Insight for Future Fuel Prices

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Market-calibrated forecasts for natural gas prices show historical trends, bode well for future updates with recent data sets


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Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing for High-Performance Battery Management Systems

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:30:00 GMT

This session will present an open systems architecture approach to HIL test systems implementation using commercial off-the-shelf hardware and software.



In Hospital ICUs, AI Could Predict Which Patients Are Likely to Die

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT

These artificial intelligence systems could smarten up intensive care units


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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:00:00 GMT

Molecular robot brings us one step closer to mimicking cellular behavior


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Commentary: The H-1B Visa Problem as IEEE-USA Sees It

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:00:00 GMT

The difference between what tech companies and outsourcing firms pay is the key problem


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What's Edgier Than a Flying Robocar?

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:00:00 GMT

Half a flying robocar


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IBM Expanding Cloud Quantum Computer Tenfold

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 18:06:00 GMT

The goal: a 50-qubit commercial universal quantum computer within five years


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New Microscopy Tech Offers a Kind of “Nano-GPS” for Measuring Magnetism of Atoms

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 17:37:00 GMT

Scientists use one atom to measure the magnetic field of another


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What Will Companies Pay Engineers Around the U.S. in 2017? Here’s a Guide

Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Recruiting firm Randstad suggests employers pay EEs with three to 10 years of experience US $78,000 to $106,000 in 2017; Pacific region salaries are the highest


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Will a New Glass Battery Accelerate the End of Oil?

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 21:30:00 GMT

New low-cost, nonflammable, high-capacity, rapid-charging solid-state battery could pose threat to the internal combustion engine


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Video Friday: Robots With Airbags, Drone vs. Drone, and MIT's Jumping Cube

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 20:20:00 GMT

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos


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Mobile World Congress 2017: Startup Ubirch Sails the Blockchain Into a New Application—IoT

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:00:00 GMT

By logging each data point generated by a yacht on the blockchain, ubirch creates a permanent record of the boat's sensor measurements


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