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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.

The ­nderwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The ­nderwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine
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AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine

Researchers in Germany have developed a mobile laboratory to automate and accelerate the process of checking the wax coverage of grapes, a task prone to human error...

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight
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Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.

How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased
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How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new method to avoid embedding bias into machine learning algorithms....

Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed
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Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed

Harvey Mudd College researchers have developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the sea floor looking for signs of wrecked ships.

Anti-Swearing AI Takes the Edge Off Abuse on Reddit and Twitter
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Anti-Swearing AI Takes the Edge Off Abuse on Reddit and Twitter

IBM researchers have developed a system that translates offensive comments on social media into more polite language, while keeping the content intact.

Watch Real Football Matches in Miniature Played on Your Desk
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Watch Real Football Matches in Miniature Played on Your Desk

Researchers have taught a machine learning neural network algorithm to render two-dimensional video clips posted on YouTube as three-dimensional  images.

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play
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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric...

Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language
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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language

A new algorithm monitors a person's unconscious eye movements as they read, to assess their proficiency in a foreign language.

Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks
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Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks

Researchers in Singapore have developed cyborg flying beetles.

­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
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­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms
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Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum...

Need a New Look? Facebook's AI Fashion Designer Has Some Ideas
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Need a New Look? Facebook's AI Fashion Designer Has Some Ideas

Researchers used generative adversarial networks to produce fashion items including handbags, jumpers, and T-shirts.

Computers Made From Human Cells Could Tell You When You're Sick
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Computers Made From Human Cells Could Tell You When You're Sick

Researchers say they have created the world's most complex biological computer, a group of engineered cells that could be implanted into the human body.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.

Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons...

Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

Researchers at Facebook's Artificial Intelligence lab have developed an expressive animated bot controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained on hundreds...
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