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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve
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AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve

Researchers used the Codex neural network of artificial intelligence research company OpenAI to translate mathematical problems from plain English into formal code...

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors
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Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors

A team of Austrian and German scientists has constructed a 16-quantum bit computer that runs error-free calculations.

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards
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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered...

AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong
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AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an approach that enables a neural network to run a code like a standard computer.

Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco
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Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco

Researchers at driverless car company Waymo and Google Research used self-driving vehicles to create a virtual model of San Francisco.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption
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Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating truly random numbers for cryptographic algorithms could become possible through Nisa Bostanci and colleagues at Turkey's TOBB University of Economics...

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them
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Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them

Researchers at South Korea's Ajou University have built a highly dexterous robotic hand that can handle eggs gently, pour drinks, and crush aluminum cans.

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third
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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.

Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer
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Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

A quantum computer completed a calculation in 4.2 hours that would have taken a classical system thousands of years.

One-Legged Robot Hops About as Researchers Try Knocking It Over
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One-Legged Robot Hops About as Researchers Try Knocking It Over

The one-legged TTI Hopper robot can stand, hop, and maintain balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces.

Snake-Like Robot Could Explore Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus
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Snake-Like Robot Could Explore Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus

Researchers have developed a snake-like robot that could facilitate exploration of the interior of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.
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