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Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole
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Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole

An innovative method overcomes significant hurdle in scaling quantum prototypes.

Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%
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Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%

Researchers at the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology are chasing quantum efficiency.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
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Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...

What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science
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What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science

The first successful delivery of a human donor lung by aerial drone in Toronto, Canada, has implications for the future of transplant science.

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector
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Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector

Here's a look at some of the newest technological advancements in the insurance industry.

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication
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Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication

A potential alternative to passwords.

Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue
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Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue

A "cyborg" technique developed by Harvard University researchers can monitor the functional maturation of heart tissue using nanoelectronics.

Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California
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Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California

The Saildrone Surveyor unmanned surface vehicle has completed the mapping of the previously uncharted ocean floor off the Alaska and California coasts.

Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

The researchers demonstrated the technique is scalable at the wafer level, which would make it an attractive option for future quantum computing.

VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events
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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

Ohio State University said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically...

Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw
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Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw

Researchers at Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET have found the first real-world case of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface malware that can take over a computer's...

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract
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System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract

Researchers have created a system that three-dimensionally tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers
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Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory of the U.K.'s University of the West of England focuses on developing chemical or living computers that can interface with...

The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up
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The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up

Robotics companies aim to create machines like startup Figure's just-unveiled Figure 01 bipedal humanoid robot to take on manual labor currently performed by humans...

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...
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