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Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space
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Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers engineered the Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System (WORMS) to revolutionize space robotics.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
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Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.

AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles
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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.
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Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.

Duke University Hospital surgeons successfully transplanted a total artificial heart developed by France's CARMAT into a 39-year-old patient who had suffered sudden...

Highly Sensitive LiDAR System Enhances Autonomous Driving Vision
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Highly Sensitive LiDAR System Enhances Autonomous Driving Vision

A new Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system can enhance weak signals reflected off faraway objects.
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