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Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up
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Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up

Scientists in the U.S. and China have adopted a vertical framework to produce high-performance organic electrochemical transistors.

Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs
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Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

To power the 3D-printed, multiplexing system, just shine light on it.

Dendrocentric AI Could Run on Watts, Not Megawatts
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Dendrocentric AI Could Run on Watts, Not Megawatts

A study by Stanford University's Kwabena Boahen proposes a method that would allow neural networks to run on watts drawn from a smartphone battery instead of megawatts...

Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite
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Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite

University of Chicago researchers reduced the rate of catastrophic quantum computing errors attributable to cosmic rays from about once every 10 seconds to once...

'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better
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'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better

New optical-wireless hybrid makes use of existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI
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Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI

Battery-inspired artificial synapses are gaining ground.

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart
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Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart

Researchers in China have invented a contactless electrocardiogram system that infers electrical signals through artificial intelligence and millimeter-wave radar...

New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x
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New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

Neural rendering harnesses machine learning to paint pixels.

App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice
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App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice

Machine learning algorithms in a smartphone application analyze people's voices to identify those in the early stages of Parkinson's disease or severe COVID-19...

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance
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Photon Bursts Boost Quantum-Sensor Performance

The University of Chicago's Aashish Clerk and colleagues found a seemingly unwanted quantum effect may help improve the sensitivity of quantum sensors by up to...

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable
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5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable

German security researchers determined 5G networks can be hacked, having breached and hijacked live networks in a series of "red teaming" exercises.

'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC
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'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC

Many challenges still lie ahead for post-quantum cryptography.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud
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D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud

Experimental prototype offers sneak peek of 7,000-qubit quantum computer.

Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

New tools track and reduce emissions from machine learning.
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