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How a robo-trap zeroes in on Zika mosquitoes

BOSTON – Microsoft’s robotic mosquito trap is so smart it can tell one insect species from another – and that’s good news for scientists fighting the Zika virus, dengue fever and other mosquito-borne maladies. It can also tell if you’re buzzing … Continue reading

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Microsoft bets big on quantum computers

Microsoft says it’s moving ahead from just talking about quantum computing to building an actual quantum computer, based on the physics that won a Nobel Prize this year. The project will be headed by longtime Microsoft executive Todd Holmdahl, who … Continue reading

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Study: AI will change our lives but won’t kill us

A 100-year project conceived by Microsoft Research’s Eric Horvitz to trace the impacts of artificial intelligence has issued its first report: a 28,000-word analysislooking at how AI technologies will affect urban life in 2030. The bottom line? Put away those “Terminator” nightmares … Continue reading

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Microsoft and MIT unveil smart tattoos

Smart tattoos made out of super-thin electronics have been a thing for years, but now the technology is getting closer to fashionable prime time. Microsoft Research has joined forces with MIT Media Lab for the latest iteration, dubbed DuoSkin. The skin-friendly … Continue reading

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Microsoft shows off ‘Star Wars’ holoportation

As Microsoft gets set to ship its HoloLens development kit, it’s previewing a “Star Wars” application called holoportation that takes full advantage of the mixed-reality headset. The effect is like that scene in the original Star Wars movie, where Princess Leia pops up in … Continue reading

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Pegasus will put you in touch with stratosphere

How high can the Internet of Things go? Microsoft Research plans to extend the IoT into the stratosphere with its Pegasus II high-altitude balloon experiment, and you’re invited to take a virtual ride. The flight will build on years’ worth … Continue reading

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Free e-book shares sci-fi’s ‘Future Visions’

When you’re developing technologies that sound like science fiction, why not use science fiction stories to show what you’re up to? That’s the motivation behind“Future Visions,” a free e-book from Microsoft Research that highlights the gee-whiz ideas its researchers are working on. … Continue reading

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