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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion
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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University aim to stop erosion with three-dimensionally printed biodegradable lattices made from potato starch derived from industrial...

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.

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings
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AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have created a new digital hurricane modeling technique that more accurately simulates storm trajectory...

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...

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...

Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress
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Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress

Scientists at the University of South Australia are creating virtual reality maps of forest plantations to advance forestry management.

Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think
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Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think

Researchers used eye-tracking software to analyze building inspectors' gaze patterns to gain insights into safety assessment behaviors.

Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?
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Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?

Advances in artificial intelligence tools that can code could improve productivity, but portend disruption.

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.

School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers
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School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers

New York's Mineola school district has boosted the numbers of its students taking computer science by infusing the subject into curricula as early as pre-kindergarten...

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.

Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad
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Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad

History is littered with predictions about virtual reality worlds that were going to change everything.

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.

Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
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Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools

Media executives want compensation for use of their content in ChatGPT, Bing and Bard.

GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant
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GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant

Software developer hosting service GitHub launched a new version of its Copilot coding assistant powered by the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) multimodal...

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.
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