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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes
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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise
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New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

The work was notable because Quantinuum's error correction technology keeps logical qubits stable longer than conventional qubits.

Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink
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Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink

Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain in the world, is transitioning to proof of stake. That sentence may not make sense to you, but it's a huge deal.

The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon
From ACM News

The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon

Aurora, Waymo, TuSimple and Torc are among the leaders in an industry that could pass self-driving cars.

Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum
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Quantum Computing Heavyweight Arrives as Merger Creates Quantinuum

Investors keen on quantum computing can expect the Honeywell-Cambridge Quantum merger to produce a new publicly traded company within a year.

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

For now...

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter
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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

A 3D bioprinter fabricated a beef steak aboard the International Space Station thanks to a collaboration of Aleph Farms and 3D Bioprinting Solutions.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
From ACM TechNews

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to ­.S. in 2021
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to ­.S. in 2021

In 2021, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will become home to a $600-million exascale machine that could become the world's fastest supercomputer.

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow
From ACM News

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky.

FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption
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FBI Head Christopher Wray: We Can't Let Criminals Hide Behind Encryption

Encryption should have limits. That's the message FBI Director Christopher Wray had for cybersecurity experts Tuesday.

5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors
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5G Is Still a Little Magic, a Little Smoke and Mirrors

The scene on the big display in front of me looks like something from Grey's Anatomy.

Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.
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