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Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking
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Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking

A study by Northeastern University researchers found that notifications to iPhone users of their close proximity to an unknown AirTag are not timely and can be...

NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space
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NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration three-dimensionally-printed an aluminum rocket engine nozzle that could enable deep space exploration with...

California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits
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California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits

California's Department of Motor Vehicles says General Motors' Cruise vehicles are not "safe for the public's operations."

N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers
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N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers

Proposed legislation would require subjecting consumers to criminal history background checks before permitting them to purchase certain three-dimensional printers...

Better 'Map' of the Lights You See When You Close Your Eyes Can Improve 'Bionic Eye' Outcomes
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Better 'Map' of the Lights You See When You Close Your Eyes Can Improve 'Bionic Eye' Outcomes

A method of mapping phosphenes developed by researchers at Australia's Monash University could help patients receiving cortical visual protheses achieve better...

Atom Computing First to Announce a 1,000+ Qubit Quantum Computer
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Atom Computing First to Announce a 1,000+ Qubit Quantum Computer

A startup company has upped its qubit count by an order of magnitude in two years.

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability
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Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability

Researchers demonstrated that nerve impulse-driven robotic prosthetic ankles enable more natural and stable movement by amputees.

Nvidia and iPhone Maker Foxconn to Build 'AI Factories'
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Nvidia and iPhone Maker Foxconn to Build 'AI Factories'

Foxconn's  Liu told the BBC that electric vehicles will drive the company's growth in the coming decades.

Peering Inside a Quantum Computer Creates New Phases of Information
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Peering Inside a Quantum Computer Creates New Phases of Information

 University of Texas at Austin researchers showed how taking certain measurements on a quantum computer results in different phases of quantum information.

Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions
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Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions

Amazon is testing a drone delivery service for prescription drugs in College Station, TX, with plans to expand the service to other markets in the future.

Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling
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Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling

Researchers found running datacenters at higher temperatures could reduce their energy consumption significantly while maintaining computational performance.

Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says
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Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says

Venture with GM, Cruise aims to eventually have 500 robotaxis.

AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog
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AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog

An international team of researchers developed a vision-based algorithm enabling off-the-shelf quadruped robots to move from obstacle to obstacle autonomously and...

Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers
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Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Southampton built a climate change-monitoring sensor that can be airlifted by drone onto glaciers to measure the effects...

Microsoft Repositions 7TB 'Project Silica' Glass Media as Cloud Storage Solution
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Microsoft Repositions 7TB 'Project Silica' Glass Media as Cloud Storage Solution

Microsoft said its Project Silica glass media storage technology can retain roughly 1.75 million songs or about 3,500 movies on a palm-sized glass sheet for 10,000...

Bionic Hand Integrates with Woman's Nerves, Bones, Muscles
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Bionic Hand Integrates with Woman's Nerves, Bones, Muscles

An international research team reported that a robotic hand attached to a Swedish woman in 2017 has fully integrated with her nerves, bones, and muscles since the...

A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
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A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table

A new study describes a method for faster and more precise diagnoses, which can help surgeons decide how aggressively to operate.

Can AI Crave a Favorite Food?
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Can AI Crave a Favorite Food?

Pennsylvania State University' researchers emulated taste's influence on food cravings with an electronic "tongue" and "gustatory cortex" made from two-dimensional...

Insect Cyborgs: Towards Precision Movement
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Insect Cyborgs: Towards Precision Movement

Researchers explored how electrical stimulation in stick insects' leg muscles relate to the resulting torque for enabling precise motor control of hybrid insect...
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