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Robotic dog treats

A night-vision treat catapult

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In years past, a robot was something you’d find in a factory, an experimental device in a lab or a cool pipe dream at a trade show. Not anymore. Robots

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Spatial web

How the Spatial Web Will Fix the Internet

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The boundaries between digital and physical space are disappearing at a breakneck pace. What was once static and boring is becoming dynamic and magical. The Web is entering a new

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Brain implants

Paralyzed Patients Can Now Control Android Tablets With Their Minds

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Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. For years, the BrainGate collaboration has been working to develop

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Medical tricoder

Building the Tricorder: The race to create a real-life Star Trek medical scanner

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Oscar Wilde once said that life imitates art, and science and engineering is often no exception to this. Science fiction certainly provides science types with plenty of inspiration for inventions. In

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Re-seeding a forest with drones

How to reforest 1,000 times faster after wildfires

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All great actions start with a seed of an idea. In reforestation, the action starts with a seed. Literally. After a fire, trees that haven’t been destroyed often have the ability

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Robot restaurants and sci-fi kitchens

Robot restaurants and sci-fi kitchens

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Too many cooks spoil the broth, so the saying goes. Too few cooks, and you might want to bring in a robot chef or two to help. A combination of

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AI in healthcare

AI and the NHS

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The rapid advancement of AI in the healthcare industry over the last decade has been extraordinary. IBM’s Watson platform works with doctors in sifting through thousands of cancer reports to

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5G and farming

How 5G will impact the future of farming

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One of the more startling statistics about our ever increasing population comes from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization which states that farmers across the globe will have to grow

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Biohybrid robotics

The Cyborgs Are Here

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There may come a day when humans take on the form of cyborgs with integrated, robotic parts to enhance our abilities. But long before then, a seemingly opposite type of

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AI will discover the materials of the future

The Wild New Materials of the Future

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For hundreds of years, new materials were discovered through trial and error, or luck and serendipity. Now, scientists are using artificial intelligence to speed up the process. Recently, researchers at Northwestern

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