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Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously
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Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Scientists are developing flexible wearable electronics that can monitor the wearer's health.

Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle
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Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

Scientists have enabled a low-cost and relatively small legged robot to adapt to obstacles.

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence
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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels...

Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings
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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings

The munchable machine could be used in rescue missions.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town
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Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town

The real challenge is how quickly high-speed chargers will need to deliver electricity at a single place and time.

Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns
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Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns

The sci-fi-themed online game Dark Forest operates on a blockchain, meaning no one can manipulate its outcome.

Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides
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Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides

All major product areas are now available more quickly than they were.

Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs
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Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs

Amazon has rolled out a new warehouse robot in order to automate more jobs as the company seeks to reduce logistics costs.

Chip Production Lead Times Shrink As Cyclical Downturn Takes Shape
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Chip Production Lead Times Shrink As Cyclical Downturn Takes Shape

Semiconductor lead times are now 1.5 weeks below the record highs set in May.

Quantum Computing May Be the Solution to the EV Materials Problem
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Quantum Computing May Be the Solution to the EV Materials Problem

As demand for electric vehicles has grown in recent years, it is unclear whether supply eventually will bottleneck or if raw material suppliers can catch up.

CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software
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CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software

Industrial Control Systems advisories from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency focus on vulnerabilities in software from ETIC Telecom, Nokia...

Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks
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Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks

Researchers used machine learning to determine why two populations of flycatchers that evolved on different Solomon Islands separately developed all-black plumage...

Open-Source Fish Robot Collecting Microplastics from U.K. Lakes
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Open-Source Fish Robot Collecting Microplastics from U.K. Lakes

A robot fish that won the 2022 Natural Robotics Contest has been developed into a functioning prototype that can collect microplastics from waterways.

Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?
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Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?

If you want your digital information to be secure, you must implement post-quantum cryptography now, according to some leaders in the field.

IBM's Latest Quantum Computing Processor Triples the Qubits of its Predecessor
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IBM's Latest Quantum Computing Processor Triples the Qubits of its Predecessor

It's a step closer to the goal of having a 4,000-plus qubit system by 2025.

Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future
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Lego Animated 3D-Printed Duck is a Peek at the Toy's Future

Lego is offering visitors to the Minifigure Factory experience at the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the chance to buy a limited-edition 3D-printed plastic duck...

Technology to Reduce Potholes
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Technology to Reduce Potholes

A team of researchers has developed a machine learning method for the real-time assessment of road base compaction quality.

100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough
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100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough

Quantum computing engineers have set a new standard for silicon chip performance.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.
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