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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device
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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device

University of Chicago researchers have confirmed the feasibility of building sound-based quantum computers.

Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update
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Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update

An update rolled out by the Ethereum cryptocurrency reduced the energy needed to produce it, and also fixed a security flaw.

Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes
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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes

A software upgrade developed by researchers at France's Polytechnic Institute of Paris improves the efficiency of wind turbines by ensuring they spend more time...

Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps
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Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that multi-legged robots with more legs were better at navigating rough terrain than those with fewer legs...

Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects
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Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects

Camera- and liquid-crystal display-equipped smart glasses can "balance" a scene by dimming bright objects without affecting dim ones.

Shapes 3D-Printed into Living Worms Could Be Future of Brain Implants
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Shapes 3D-Printed into Living Worms Could Be Future of Brain Implants

A technique developed by researchers at the U.K.'s Lancaster University can print conductive circuits inside living organisms using a photonic three-dimensional...

Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use
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Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use

Researchers have developed a method for certifying that quantum computers generate truly random numbers without having to inspect the process.

Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
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Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices
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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

Researchers used artificial intelligence to design an invisibility cloak to conceal antennas or small communication devices from infrared light or microwave detectors...

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid
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Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid

Computer modeling determined the western U.S. power grid could be strained if electric vehicle owners primarily charging their vehicles at home overnight.

Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms
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Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Wenhao Zhang and colleagues at the U.K.'s University of the West of England have developed a facial recognition system for pigs.

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations
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DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

Researchers trained an artificial intellgence to play soccer using an athletic curriculum resembling an accelerated model of a human baby maturing into a soccer...

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.
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