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NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel
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NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel

The partnership is aimed at training and building a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research
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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Computer proof assistants are being used to create online libraries of mathematical theorems and proofs.

Everything Apple Announced
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Everything Apple Announced

Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit
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Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Researchers have created a recyclable and biodegradable three-dimensionally printed circuit.

Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality
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Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

After heavy national investment in semiconductors to break a dependence on global chips, Xi seems unhappy with the results.

One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense
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One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense

Artificial intelligence systems can process vast amounts of data in seconds, but they can't make sense of the world or explain their decisions. David Ferrucci wants...

China's Baidu Unveils 10-Qubit Quantum Computer
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China's Baidu Unveils 10-Qubit Quantum Computer

Baidu claims it's the world's first hardware-software integrated quantum computer, and it's already available to use.

Technology Can Improve Buildings for People with Dementia
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Technology Can Improve Buildings for People with Dementia

The Plan-EAT tool for assessing buildings combined with spatial analysis can improve the design of aged care facilities for people with dementia.

Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees
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Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees

Mechanical engineers at Canada's University of Sherbrooke developed landing technology for quadcopter drones that enables them to land on inclined surfaces.

Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics
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Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

A newly developed class of biomaterial inks exhibit the same characteristics as highly conductive human tissue like skin.

Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You
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Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You

Amazon is expanding its reach into the healthcare and smart home industries through its acquisition of a primary care company and a merger with iRobot.

AI In Your Ears
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AI In Your Ears

Binaural learning enhances speech while minimizing noise.

Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape
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Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape

Researchers have developed a process in which flat wooden shapes produced by three-dimensional printers can be programmed to transform into complex shapes.

China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry
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China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a proposed roadmap for developing its civilian drone industry.

Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland
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Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland

One of the world's few rare earths processors outside China has bought exploration rights to mine in Greenland.

A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge
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A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge

An international team of researchers created the NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip to compute directly in memory.
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