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Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers
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Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers

Putting two forms of semiconductor material called gallium oxide together seems to make it completely resistant to radiation.

Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

Good weird! Skip the small talk in a driverless EV and enjoy the audio cues that will guide you through a ride and keep you safe.

Seagull Algorithms Could Hide Secret to Greener Cloud Computing
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Seagull Algorithms Could Hide Secret to Greener Cloud Computing

British, Chinese, and Austrian researchers say more sustainable cloud computing systems can be achieved by algorithmically mimicking seagulls' hunting and migration...

AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind
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AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind

Scientists are gaining new insights into the human mind though artificial intelligence, including the mechanism of communication between neurons, and the roots...

Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15
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Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University developed a simple computer using molecules of folded DNA that was able to split the numbers 6 and 15 into...

Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs
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Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs

On March 27, Japan's RIKEN research institute began granting cloud access to its quantum computer to outside users.

Smartphone-based Satellite Connectivity to Move Beyond Emergency Services
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Smartphone-based Satellite Connectivity to Move Beyond Emergency Services

Different approaches emerge in the race to provide direct-to-satellite smartphone services.

U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?
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U.S.-China Tech War: Without Advanced Chips, Can China's Smartphone Industry Survive?

Limited access to high-end semiconductor chips poses a major threat to China's world-leading smartphone manufacturing industry.

Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones
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Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones

University of Washington researchers have created a prediabetes screening tool that taps the capacitive touch-sensing capabilities of smartphones to measure blood...

The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing
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The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing

Computers have been digital for half a century. Why would anyone want to resurrect the clunkers of yesteryear?

Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers
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Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers

Researchers developed a device that could enable multiple quantum computers to be networked together by converting quantum outputs into light signals that can travel...

Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot
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Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot

Keirzo has absorbed recordings of a range of different drummers, and is practicing and merging various techniques to develop its own playing style.

Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms
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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms

Washington seeks to steer the semiconductor supply chain using 'guardrails' under the Chips Act.

Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics
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Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics

North Carolina State University researchers have created a caterpillar-like soft robot that can locomote forward, backward, and duck under cramped areas.

Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots
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Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots

Simple robots wander NYC asking for trash and recycling, and it's adorable.

Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance
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Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance

In its bid to catch up with Starlink, the company plans to build as many as four satellites a day.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.
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