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Coal: Don't Burn It, Compute with It
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Coal: Don't Burn It, Compute with It

Researchers have developed a method for creating ultrathin insulating films for semiconductors using coal.

Rapid 3D-Printing Technique Uses Liquid Metal
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Rapid 3D-Printing Technique Uses Liquid Metal

A 3D-printing technique developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers increases printing speed by using liquid metal.

Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program
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Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program

Amazon's Ring announced law enforcement and government agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit footage from doorbell cameras directly from users through the...

Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places
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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict...

Robotic Insect Moves Across Water
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Robotic Insect Moves Across Water

A robot developed by Washington State University researchers mimics insects that are supported by surface tension as they move across water.

Cat Qubit Error Correction Architecture
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Cat Qubit Error Correction Architecture

A new quantum error-correction architecture could reduce quantum computer hardware requirements.

Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon
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Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon

A lunar robot has successfully landed on the Moon.

NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage
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NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage

The NVM Express (NVMe) consortium has established a standardized method for applications to talk to storage devices with processing capabilities.

Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis
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Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis

Japan, the world's fastest-aging economy, is turning to technologies like AI, avatars, and robots to address labor shortages.

New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller
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New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller

Using a combination of error-correction approaches, researchers could make a quantum computer with physical qubits available today.

Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry
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Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry

Robots increasingly are being used to automate the jewelry-making process.

NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures
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NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures

Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center have developed "self-reprogrammable mechanical metamaterials."

Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise
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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

Housekeeping Humanoid System Can Cook, Clean
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Housekeeping Humanoid System Can Cook, Clean

A humanoid robotic system could be trained to perform various household tasks, including cooking and organizing.

Artificial Organs Evolve
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Artificial Organs Evolve

Crafting replacement parts for the human body.

Biorobotic Heart Helps Scientists Study Cardiac Function
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Biorobotic Heart Helps Scientists Study Cardiac Function

Researchers developed a biorobotic replica of the human heart to help scientists better understand cardiac function.  

Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms
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Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms

Robots increasingly are being deployed on farms in Japan amid an impending labor shortage.

Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires
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Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires

Technology increasingly is being used to predict and fight wildfires.

The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips
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The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips

A U.S.-born chip technology called RISC-V has become critical to China's ambitions. Washington is debating whether and how to limit the technology.

Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash
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Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed an artificial skin that allows a robot to distinguish between inanimate objects and living sea creatures...
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