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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.

Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon
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Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon

The Norwegian container ship Yara Birkeland eventually will be a crewless vessel that navigates via radar and cameras, feeding sensor data to artificial intelligence...

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94
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Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94

Intel co-founder and Silicon Valley pioneer Gordon E. Moore has died at 94.  

Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use
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Quantum Computers May Finally Have Practical Use

Researchers have developed a method for certifying that quantum computers generate truly random numbers without having to inspect the process.

Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI
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Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI

The creators of large language models say that they're taking steps to curb abuse, but Mozilla felt not enough was being done.

Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job
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Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job

White-collar workers may soon face the AI disruption everyone's been panicking about. But the news may be better than you think.

Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds
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Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds

University of Virginia (UVA) researchers found that the Control-IQ diabetes management system improved blood sugar control in 2- to 6-year-olds with type 1 diabetes...

Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage
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Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage

Artificial muscles created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can enable insect-sized aerial robots to repair themselves following damage.

Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake
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Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake

Columbia University scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a slice of seven-ingredient peanut butter-banana cheesecake with a cherry drizzle.
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