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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan
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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan

Bitcoin miners say they can help stabilize a shaky power grid and prevent blackouts. Experts say it will make the problem worse.

Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI
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Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI

Battery-inspired artificial synapses are gaining ground.

Quantum-Circuit Cutting Fills a Gaping Quantum Computing Hole
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Quantum-Circuit Cutting Fills a Gaping Quantum Computing Hole

The quantum advantage depends on the ability to run the largest number of circuits on a complex problem.

Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes
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Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes

The Squeegee contamination detection algorithm can instill reproducibility in microbial identification and analysis.

In Phoenix, Taiwanese Chip Giant Builds a Hedge Against China
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In Phoenix, Taiwanese Chip Giant Builds a Hedge Against China

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world's biggest maker of advanced computer chips, unveiled an ambitious factory upgrade in Arizona.

Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026
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Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026

Fully autonomous system is no longer planned for initial debut; company aims to sell consumer model by 2026 for under $100,000.

Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves
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Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves

Sony Group Corp. has announced a system of wearable motion trackers that may be worn on a user's wrists, ankles, head, and hips to animate avatars inside metaverse...

'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them
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'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them

A new report suggests where 20 newly created research centers could best revitalize struggling economies and accelerate new technologies

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 
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Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."

Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe
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Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe

An international team of researchers has engineered the most accurate supercomputer animation of the cosmos' early evolution to date.

Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer
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Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer

Physicists created a quantum experiment to study the dynamics of a specific type of theoretical wormhole that can predict quantum gravity.

We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton
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We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton

ACM A.M. Turing award recipient Geoffrey Hinton envisions a "mortal" neuromorphic computer combining hardware and software.

Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

Exploring the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

Websites Have Way More Trackers Now
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Websites Have Way More Trackers Now

Analysts at NordVPN found the average website has 48 trackers monitoring visitors' activity and recording their private data.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials
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SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials

A software bill of materials lists the "ingredients" in a software product, making it easier to identify and avoid security risks.

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update
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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has flown its shortest-ever flight following a software update.

ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae
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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

A machine learning algorithm autonomously classified 1,000 supernovae using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility sky survey instrument at Caltech's Palomar Observatory...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....
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