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Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills
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Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills

A smart scalpel developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh measures the amount of force applied during surgical procedures and could facilitate...

As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots
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As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots

As Germany's baby boomers retire, exacerbating the country's labor shortage, many companies are filling job openings with robots.

Researchers Simplify Switching for Quantum Electronics
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Researchers Simplify Switching for Quantum Electronics

Exploiting a quantum effect electrically brings it closer to practical use.

Japan Show Provides Glimpse of Robots as Future of Rescue Efforts
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Japan Show Provides Glimpse of Robots as Future of Rescue Efforts

The Japan Mobility Show highlighted robotic technologies that could help address the nation's aging population and worker shortage.

NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere
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NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it conducted tests to prepare its Dragonfly rotorcraft lander to explore Saturn's moon Titan.

Milestone Achieved in New Quantum Computing Architecture
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Milestone Achieved in New Quantum Computing Architecture

Scientists have extended the coherence time for a unique class of quantum bit (qubit) to 0.1 milliseconds, topping the previous record by nearly 1,000-fold.

Scientists Manipulate Quantum Fluids of Light, Bringing us Closer to Next-Generation Unconventional Computing
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Scientists Manipulate Quantum Fluids of Light, Bringing us Closer to Next-Generation Unconventional Computing

What sets this development apart is the ability to manipulate polariton condensates without relying on the commonly utilized excitation profiles of polaritons. ...

Cybercrime Enablers
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Cybercrime Enablers

Initial Access Brokers sell unauthorized access.

Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics
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Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics

The FibeRobo programmable fiber can change shape in response to temperature changes.

Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting
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Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting

A team of scientists in the U.S. and New Zealand used the Icefin underwater robot to explore Antarctic ice crevasses to better understand their role in rising global...

2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients Named
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2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship Recipients Named

ACM and IEEE named the recipients of the 2023 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships.

Breakthrough in Collaborative Magnetic Microrobotics
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Breakthrough in Collaborative Magnetic Microrobotics

Researchers at the Netherlands' University of Twente engineered two 1-millimeter-sized magnetic microrobots to pick up, move, and assemble cubes collaboratively...

Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking
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Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking

A study by Northeastern University researchers found that notifications to iPhone users of their close proximity to an unknown AirTag are not timely and can be...

NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space
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NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration three-dimensionally-printed an aluminum rocket engine nozzle that could enable deep space exploration with...

California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits
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California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits

California's Department of Motor Vehicles says General Motors' Cruise vehicles are not "safe for the public's operations."

N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers
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N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers

Proposed legislation would require subjecting consumers to criminal history background checks before permitting them to purchase certain three-dimensional printers...

Better 'Map' of the Lights You See When You Close Your Eyes Can Improve 'Bionic Eye' Outcomes
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Better 'Map' of the Lights You See When You Close Your Eyes Can Improve 'Bionic Eye' Outcomes

A method of mapping phosphenes developed by researchers at Australia's Monash University could help patients receiving cortical visual protheses achieve better...

Atom Computing First to Announce a 1,000+ Qubit Quantum Computer
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Atom Computing First to Announce a 1,000+ Qubit Quantum Computer

A startup company has upped its qubit count by an order of magnitude in two years.

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability
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Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability

Researchers demonstrated that nerve impulse-driven robotic prosthetic ankles enable more natural and stable movement by amputees.
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