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  • Pride in Tech: How Lotus Championed Gay Rights During the AIDS Crisis

    COLLECTION OF THE COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM, 102792233 The Lotus Development Corp. sponsored the first Boston AIDS Walk, in 1986. How…

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  • It’s (Still) Really Hard for Robots to Autonomously Do Household Chores

    Every time we think that we’re getting a little bit closer to a household robot, new research comes out showing…

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  • Harnessing the Wild Power of AI Image Generation

    AI has already shown off the capability to create photorealistic images of cats, dogs, and people’s faces that never existed…

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  • Introducing the New IEEE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website

    Shutterstock THE INSTITUTE To further promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IEEE and the engineering profession, the organization has…

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  • The Mac Is Selling Like Never Before Thanks to the M1 Chip

    Harry Campbell The Mac is enjoying a year that any PC maker would envy. It kicked off 2021 by doubling…

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  • Video Friday: Drone Refueling

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Three Chips in One: The History of the BCD Integrated Circuit

    STMicroelectronics THE INSTITUTE Integrated circuits have become the backbone of consumer electronics. They are used in medical equipment, household appliances,…

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  • The iPhone 12 Mini Makes Me Sick (Literally)

    I’m a small phone person. I have narrow hands and jeans with tiny pockets. That’s mostly why I hung onto…

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  • Mars-bound Astronauts Might Raid This Zero-G Fridge

    How do you pack food for a trip to Mars? This is not a trick question. As astronauts and space…

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  • Unitree’s Go1 Robot Dog Looks Pretty Great, Costs Just USD $2700

    In 2017, we first wrote about the Chinese startup Unitree Robotics, which had the goal of “making legged robots as…

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  • Here’s What 6G Will Be, According to the Creator of Massive MIMO

    Tom Marzetta is the director of NYU Wireless, New York University’s research center for cutting-edge wireless technologies. Prior to joining…

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  • SeKVM Makes Cloud Computing Provably Secure

    Complex hypervisor software helps run cloud computers, but verifying its security is often thought to be nigh impossible. Now computer…

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  • Video Friday: NASA Sending Robots to Venus

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. It’s ICRA this week, but…

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  • This Autonomous Drone is the First to Make Nighttime Offshore Deliveries

    F-drones F-drones cofounders Nicolas Ang and Yeshwanth Reddy display their half-scale prototype, which is expected to start commercial deliveries later…

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  • Somehow This Robot Sticks to Ceilings by Vibrating a Flexible Disc

    Just when I think I’ve seen every possible iteration of climbing robot, someone comes up with a new way of…

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  • Until We Get Rid of Fossil Fuels, Can Data Make Them More Efficient?

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry, for Radio Spectrum. A few months ago, we had on the show an…

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  • As Cars Become Mobility Services, Fujitsu and AWS Develop Automotive Cloud Computing Toolkit

    As automakers explore a future as “mobility service providers,” new challenges in computing for these transportation services emerge as well. So Fujitsu and Amazon…

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  • IEEE President’s Note: New STEM Portal Offers a Chance to Give Back

    Susan K. Land THE INSTITUTE Think back to what inspired you to become an engineer or technology professional. Perhaps it…

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  • MOXIE Might Be the Most Exciting Thing Perseverance Has Brought to Mars

    Look, I know that the Perseverance rover has brought some flashy stuff to Mars. It’s got lasers, it’s got a…

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  • Video Friday: Digger Finger

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • How Nanotech Can Foil Counterfeiters

    University of Florida Tiny mechanical resonators produced the same way microchips are made can serve to authenticate various goods.…

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  • Mars Helicopter Lands Safely After Serious In-Flight Anomaly

    Ingenuity’s sixth flight on Mars took place this week, and we’ve just heard details from JPL on an “in-flight anomaly.”…

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  • Can a Robot Be Arrested? Hold a Patent? Pay Income Taxes?

    Steven Cherry When horses were replaced by engines, for work and transportation, we didn’t need to rethink our legal frameworks.…

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  • Video Competition Seeks Sustainable Development Solutions

    Tiregrid Tiregrid proposes using discarded tires as containment structures, such as this one in Medellín, Colombia, to reinforce embankments. THE…

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  • Build a RISC-V CPU From Scratch

    James Provost The Pineapple One is a complete computer with input/output, memory, and a homebrew 32-bit RISC-V CPU. It’s a…

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  • 3 Courses Take a Deeper Dive into 5G

    iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE The rollout of 5G technology continues globally. As access increases, 5G is expected to impact health care,…

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  • This Fitbit for Your Water Meter Started as a DIY Project

    I brush some dead leaves from the top of the slab of cement that covers my curbside water meter and…

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  • Video Friday: Intelligent Drone Swarms

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • What You Need to Know About Charging Before You Buy an EV

    Hauke-Christian Dittrich/picture alliance/Getty Images One of the first questions people ask about electric cars is usually, “Where can I charge…

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  • Agility Robotics’ Cassie Is Now Astonishingly Good at Stairs

    Bipedal robots are a huge hassle. They’re expensive, complicated, fragile, and they spend most of their time almost but not…

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  • Here’s How Google’s TPU v4 AI Chip Stacked Up in Training Tests

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company’s latest AI chip the TPU V4 (Tensor Processing Unit version 4) is capable of…

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  • The 2021 Hackaday Game is Afoot!

    Today the folks at Hackaday announced the 2021 Hackaday Prize, a hardware design challenge for DIYers, which this year goes by…

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  • Do You Believe in Science? Then Take This Pledge

    Getty Images THE INSTITUTE Crises such as the coronavirus pandemic demonstrate the importance of scientific research and remind us how…

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  • Lasers Could Clear Space Junk From Orbit

    Ever since humans started launching rockets into space, the amount of junk flying around Earth has been growing, to the…

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  • Pioneer of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Electronics Dies at 80

    Photo: UCLA Samueli Tatsuo Itoh Microwave and millimeter-wave electronics pioneer Life Fellow, 80; died 4 March Itoh led breakthroughs…

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  • Video Friday: Virtual Cat Petting

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Nanoscale Plasma Switch Goes From Zero to Kilowatts in Picoseconds

    Strictly speaking, plasma shouldn’t form in an electrified air gap smaller than about 5 micrometers. But it does. Nanoscale science…

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  • In Mahle’s Contact-Free Electric Motor, Power Reaches the Rotor Wirelessly

    Automakers outside China are scrambling to develop electric motor designs that use no permanent magnets, partly because the magnets require rare…

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  • High-Efficiency Solar Cells Power Satellites—Can They Come Down to Earth?

    Following the arrival of a fresh fleet of robot explorers, the eyes of the space-watching world may be fixed on…

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  • Two Engineers, 60 Years Apart, Explore Aging Together

    Photo: Kyle Hunt THE INSTITUTE The friendship between 88-year-old Pierre Thollot and 28-year-old Grace Hunt (née Watt) might…

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  • IEEE’s Natural Disaster Relief Program Expanding to India, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico

    Photo: IEEE MOVE The IEEE MOVE truck used to provide U.S. communities with power, phone service, and Internet access in…

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  • IEEE’s Natural Disaster Relief Program Expanding to India, Jamaica, Pakistan, Turkey, and Puerto Rico

    Photo: IEEE MOVE The IEEE MOVE truck used to provide U.S. communities with power, phone service, and Internet access in…

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  • Reconfigurable Optical Networks Will Move Supercomputer Data 100X Faster

    Imagine being able to read an entire book in a single second, but only receiving the pages individually over the…

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  • IBM Introduces the World’s First 2-nm Node Chip

    IBM has become the first in the world to introduce a 2-nanometer (nm) node chip. IBM claims this new chip…

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  • The Next Frontier for Gesture Control is Teeth

    Is totally unobtrusive control of my devices really too much to ask? Apparently, it is, because every device that I…

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  • Too Perilous For AI? EU Proposes Risk-Based Rules

    As part of its emerging role as a global regulatory watchdog, the European Commission published a proposal on 21 April for regulations to…

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  • NASA Extends Mars Helicopter Mission, Will Scout for Perseverance Rover

    The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has been doing an amazing job flying on Mars. Over the last several weeks it has…

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  • Wearable Sensor Tracks How Much You Scratch

    How much does it itch? That’s a question doctors often ask people with eczema and other itch-inducing ailments, but the…

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  • Getting Inked Up? Thank Thomas Edison

    Photo: Science Museum Group Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, Ctrl+P. Copy, Paste, Print. Or maybe skip that last step and don’t print at…

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  • Building an AI That Feels

    Illustration: Eddie Guy In the past year, have you found yourself under stress? Have you ever wished for help coping?…

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  • Underwater Manta Kites for Tidal Power Harvesting

    It’s been a challenge to find sources of renewable energy that are as reliable as the grid would like them…

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  • For The First Time, Electronics Printed On Paper Can Be Fully Recycled

    With a cocktail of carbon-based inks, engineers have made the first fully printable and recyclable electronic circuits on paper. The…

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  • IEEE Spectrum, Reimagined

    If you’re a reader of the print IEEE Spectrum, perhaps you’ve noticed something different about the May edition. It has…

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  • Hack an Analog TV Into a Geek TV

    Illustration: James Provost Old consumer electronics often have enough room for major upgrades. Like vinyl and cassette tapes, cathode ray…

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  • IEEE Women in Engineering Leads a Pledge to Make Speaker Panels More Gender Balanced

    Illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE How many times have you been to an IEEE conference and didn’t see someone like you…

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  • Video Friday: Ingenuity on Mars

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • The Cellular Industry’s Clash Over the Movement to Remake Networks

    Photo: George Frey/AFP/Getty Images We’ve all been told that 5G wireless is going to deliver amazing capabilities and services. But…

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  • 9 Standards for a More Sustainable Future in Honor of Earth Day

    Photo-illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE From climate change and pollution to the depletion of energy resources, the global community is faced…

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  • Lasers To Lunar Arks: Cryopreservation Heats Up

    When scientists in the 1950s tried to cool hamsters to 0 °C and rewarm them, it didn’t go great. In…

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  • Get Ready for the Next Front in the Net Neutrality Fight

    Photo-illustration: Edmon de Haro You’re about to hear a lot about network neutrality again, now that the Biden administration is…

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  • Ingenuity Helicopter Successfully Makes First Flight On Mars

    Earlier today, at about 11am Mars time, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter successfully completed its very first flight on Mars. The little…

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  • This Startup is Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Brazil With Leadership Skills

    Photo: Be.Labs Maria Clara Magalhaes THE INSTITUTE Maria Clara Magalhães grew up in Arapiraca, Brazil, a small town far from…

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  • Video Friday: Aquatic Snakebotics

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Nvidia’s Supercomputing CPU Puts Intel Under Pressure

    An already-beleaguered Intel is now facing more fire, thanks to Nvidia announcing last Monday that it will start making CPUs…

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  • Why the FCC Keeps Shooting Down Requests From Companies That Want To Shoot Down Drones

    When Hawthorne, Calif.-based startup Epirus decided to test a new electronic weapon last winter, it filed an application with the…

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  • Morpheus Turns a CPU Into a Rubik’s Cube to Defeat Hackers

    Last summer, 580 cybersecurity researchers spent 13,000 hours trying to break into a new kind of processor. They all failed. The hack…

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  • Robotic Exoskeletons Could One Day Walk By Themselves

    Engineers, using artificial intelligence and wearable cameras, now aim to help robotic exoskeletons walk by themselves. Increasingly, researchers around the…

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  • Solar-to-Hydrogen Tech Sees “Remarkable” Efficiency Jump

    Converting sunlight into hydrogen is a seemingly ideal way to address the world’s energy challenges. The process doesn’t directly involve fossil…

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  • Need Seed Funding For Your IEEE Project? This Program Can Help

    Photo-illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE The New Initiatives Committee (NIC) welcomes IEEE members, volunteers, and representatives from IEEE organizational units who…

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  • Video Friday: Robotic Eyeball Camera

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Ingenuity’s Chief Pilot Explains How to Fly a Helicopter on Mars

    On April 11, the Mars helicopter Ingenuity will take to the skies of Mars for the first time. It will…

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  • Are AI Algorithms Playing Fairly with Age, Gender, and Skin Color?

    Does an algorithm treat people of different ages, genders, and skin colors equally, even under different lighting conditions? Facebook’s AI…

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  • Flywheels Turn Superconducting to Reinvigorate Grid Storage Potential

    The flywheel has fallen off many people’s radar since the industry’s leader, Beacon Power, filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Though…

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  • Are Digital Humans the Next Step in Human-Computer Interaction?

    In the fictional worlds of film and TV, artificial intelligence has been depicted as so advanced that it is indistinguishable…

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  • What Exactly Is Your Brain Doing When Reading Code?

    Coding is becoming an increasingly vital skill. As more people learn how to code, neuroscientists are beginning to unlock the…

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  • Video Friday: Festo’s BionicSwift

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • IBM Exec on Intel Chipmaking Collab: “Choose Your Strength”

    Intel and IBM—two of the titans of the U.S. semiconductor industry over the last 40 years—have joined forces to advance…

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  • Bipedal Robots Are Learning To Move With Arms as Well as Legs

    Most humans are bipeds, but even the best of us are really only bipeds until things get tricky. While our…

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  • Job For Particle Accelerators May Be Possible on Tabletop

    Testing whether gravity obeys the laws of classical physics or quantum mechanics is no easy matter. Discovering mineral deposits from…

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  • Optical Mouse Inventor Hunts for a Covid Cure—and May Have Found One

    Last March, as the Silicon Valley tech community abandoned open offices for working at home, tech entrepreneur Steve Kirsch turned…

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  • Is Cyberwar War?

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry for Radio Spectrum. At a conference of chief technology officers in 2016, General…

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  • Here’s What You Need to Know About China’s Mars Rover

    NASA’s Perseverance rover made its spectacular landing on Mars in February,  but there’s another spacecraft still awaiting its chance at…

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  • Privacy Entrepreneur Adrian Gropper

    Photo: Judy Fallows After graduating MIT in 1974 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, Adrian Gropper spent a few years…

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  • Video Friday: Shadow Plays Jenga, and More

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • The Mars Sample Return Mission Will Be a First for Humankind

    With the Perseverance safely on Mars, now collecting rock and soil samples from the surface, it’s now time to plan…

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  • 2021’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Land Rover Defender

    Photo: Jaguar Land Rover The Defender shows its off-road powers, which include sensors that make sure the puddle you’re thinking…

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  • Today’s Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come

    Cyberattacks are no longer just a matter of cybersecurity, they directly threaten a country’s national security. Cyberattacks alter the character of warfare—much like nuclear weapons…

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  • Programming by Voice May Be the Next Frontier in Software Development

    Images: Serenade From Voice to Code: Two of the leading programming-by-speech platforms today offer different approaches to the problem of…

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  • Video Friday: Man-Machine Synergy Effector

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • Can Joe Biden Deliver a Sci-Tech Renaissance?

    Photo: Doug Mills/Getty Images For good or ill, the Trump administration’s U.S. technology policy—and President Barack Obama’s tech policy before…

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  • Mojo Vision Details Low-Power Chips for Augmented Reality Contact Lenses

    A millimeter-scale microLED display that fits onto a contact lens to provide augmented reality is, frankly, amazing, but for it…

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  • The U.S. Government Finally Gets Serious About IoT Security

    Illustration: J.D. King The U.S. government is a larger customer of IoT products than you may realize. Veterans Affairs, for…

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  • Learn Who We Have to Thank for the Term Work-Life Balance

    Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images Scientific management pioneers Frank and Lillian Gilbreth with 11 of their children at…

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  • Mathematics, Politics, and Justice Denied

    Steven Cherry Hi, this is Steven Cherry for Radio Spectrum. Today’s episode looks at a collision of mathematics and politics.…

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  • Training Program Aims to Boost Startups in Low-GDP Countries

    Photo: IEEE Innovation Nation Sri Lanka Budding entrepreneurs who participated at the IEEE Innovation Nation program held in Sri Lanka.…

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  • Pro Sports COVID-19 Sensors Trace Rise of Ua-Wideband Tech

    In the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic, professional basketball and football seasons were made possible in part by contract tracing—specifically…

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  • Video Friday: A Walking, Wheeling Quadruped

    Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a…

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  • This Father-and-Son Duo Was Essential to Ionospheric Research at the Arecibo Observatory

    Photos: Clinton Gilliland On the left is Theodore Gilliland at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. On…

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  • With This CAD for Genomes, You Can Design New Organisms

    Imagine being able to design a new organism as easily as you can design a new integrated circuit. That’s the…

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  • It’s Time to Nominate the Next Leaders of IEEE

    Illustration: iStockphoto THE INSTITUTE IEEE is governed by volunteer members and depends on them for many things including editing its…

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