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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...

IBM Built the Biggest, Coolest Quantum Computer. Now Comes the Hard Part
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IBM Built the Biggest, Coolest Quantum Computer. Now Comes the Hard Part

New York's Thomas J. Watson Research Lab houses the world's largest quantum computer system, IBM's Quantum System Two.

Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems
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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems

Tesla is recalling nearly all the vehicles it has sold in China to update their computer software.

Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button
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Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button

Microsoft is adding an AI button to its Windows keyboards, the company's first significant keyboard change in nearly three decades.

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

This Memristor Works Best When Stressed
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This Memristor Works Best When Stressed

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for stressing a 2D memristor to produce the fastest switching speed and lowest operating energy. ...

Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots
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Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots

Johns Hopkins University researchers found stimulating people's brains with gentle electric currents could boost their ability to learn in virtual environments....

Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets
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Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets

Silicon Valley’s search for successor to the smartphone has revived the concept of smart glasses that Google failed to popularize about a decade ago.

Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking
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Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking

Researchers developed a cryptographic scheme to prioritize the detection of potential AirTag stalking while maintaining privacy for users.

Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip
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Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip

Researchers at Australia's University of Sydney combined a photonic filter and modulator on a chip to enable the precise detection of signals across a wide band...

NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research
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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research

In work related to advancing self-flying capabilities for air taxis, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line...

Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers
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Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers

About 20,000 Ukrainians have had amputations since the war with Russia started in February 2022. Some were able to receive bionic prostheses.

Epigenomics Now
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Wayfinding Without GPS
From Communications of the ACM

Wayfinding Without GPS

Quantum entanglement provides a new direction in navigation.

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D
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Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D

A multi-year partnership between the California Institute of Technology and Broadcom aims to advance quantum science research and development.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
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SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.
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