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Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record
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Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record

Guinness World records labeled a dog-like robot created by a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology the fastest quadrupedal robot.

AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles
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AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich can predict new metamaterials that can be three-dimensional printed.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It
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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It

There's limited evidence for health benefits so far; early work suggests no one-size-fits-all.

New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

The move is aimed at drawing $9 billion in corporate investment, as New York jockeys to host a new national semiconductor technology center.

Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections
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Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections

Is convergence near for consumer and medical wearables?

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently
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Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed a waterproof, eel-like robot that can undulate in several different patterns.

VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research
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VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research

Northwestern University researchers developed virtual reality goggles for mice.

Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber
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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle.

Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time
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Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time

Two teams of researchers made pairs of calcium monofluoride molecules interact to become entangled, a necessity for quantum computers to perform algorithms.

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware
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2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware

An international team developed a monolithic three dimensional integrated chip comprised of layered two-dimensional materials.

Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice
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Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice

Researchers developed a method to protect wind turbines from ice using drones.

DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Harvard-led team develops novel logical qubits to enable scalable quantum computers.

A Drone with Ears
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A Drone with Ears

Researchers developed a microphone array that can be added to drones, along with cameras, to help locate disaster victims.

Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors
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Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors

Researchers showed that guided acoustic wave sensors can enable networks of independent robots to inspect large pipe structures for defects.

Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide
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Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide

University of Arizona (UA) researchers developed a wearable monitoring system that can send health data up to 15 miles without major infrastructure.

Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks
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Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks

The researchers observed that magnetic monopoles in hematite emerge through the collective behavior of many spins (the angular momentum of a particle).

IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits
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IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits

IBM has revealed two quantum computers. One is the second-largest ever made, and the other produces fewer errors than any quantum computer the company has built...

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.
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