Here's a roundup of some of the coolest (or scariest, depending on how you feel) abilities machines added to their repertoire in the last year.
Technological breakthroughs and information about big ideas, innovations and the inventors that make progress possible.
You might find yourself wishing for a silent night after you hear the first Christmas song written by artificial intelligence.
Artificial Intelligence could soon be used to help scientists form hypothesis and direct which experiments they perform.
A series of graphic non-fiction books is proving that comics are terrific for telling stories about science.
A new science-fiction writing robot could be a harbinger of the types of tools used to produce new creative works in the future.
It achieved the best time in the approximately 30 years that have passed since the cube was invented.
The company that makes Roomba vacuums, iRobot, is creating a robot to target and kill invasive lionfish.
A team has created a new 4D printing process that makes soft, bendable polymers that respond to heat, which could be used in origami robots or drug-delivery devices.
To do the jobs "nuts-and-bolts" robots aren't good at, engineers are creating soft living machines powered by muscle cells.
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