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Electric Trucks Plus Drones Could Make Deliveries 'Green'
Electric Truck
October 29th, 2014
An Ohio-based company thinks it has a better idea for how to deliver packages to future online shoppers: combine drones with fuel-efficient, "green" delivery trucks.
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Robot Laws: How to Regulate Driverless Cars & Robo-Surgeons
Driverless car accident
October 17th, 2014
If a self-driving car causes an accident or a surgical robot kills a patient, whose fault is it? These are some of the questions a recently released European Union-funded report seeks to answer.
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Snake Robots! Slithering Machines Could Aid Search-and-Rescue Efforts
The Carnegie Mellon snake robot.
October 9th, 2014
One snake's ability to shimmy up slippery sand dunes made it the perfect subject for a new study aimed at getting robots out of the lab and into the real world.
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Mad or Sarcastic? Your Computer Might Know Someday
Computer Codes
October 28th, 2014
The software on your smartphone may be able to recognize your voice, but it probably can't pick up nuances like sarcasm or outrage. But research on how to detect opinions and attitudes in everyday speech could enable tomorrow's computers to pick up on the
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'Project Leviathan' Watercraft Aims to Break World Speed Record
Project LEVIATHAN
October 16th, 2014
An ambitious group of students is building a human-powered water vehicle that they hope will set a new world speed record.
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R2-D2 Gets Real: 'Star Wars' Droids Already Exist
R2-D2
October 9th, 2014
Even people who aren't diehard fans of the "Star Wars" films will likely remember C-3PO and R2-D2. These sci-fi creations provided a glimpse of how robots could be used in the future, but how close is the world to making its a real R2-D2?
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Colorful Butterfly Wings Inspire Counterfeit-Proof Tech
The butterfly Pierella luna.
October 6th, 2014
To stop identity thieves and counterfeiters, a group of researchers is looking for inspiration from an unlikely source: butterflies.
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New Solar Battery Could Generate Cheaper Clean Energy
Solar Battery
October 17th, 2014
A new kind of solar cell could store electrical energy without any help from traditional batteries, according to a new study.
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Tesla Motors Announces All-Wheel Drive Model S & New Safety Tech
Tesla teaser
October 9th, 2014
After more than a week of anticipation, Tesla Motors finally revealed "the D" — and it doesn't stand for driverless, as had been widely rumored.
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Robots 'See' Objects with High-Tech Fingertip Sensor
The GelSight sensor.
October 7th, 2014
Some robots can swim. Others can kick, fetch, jump or fly. But the latest development in the field of robotics lets machines carry out an activity that is somewhat less athletic: plugging in a USB cord.
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