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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech
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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives...

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?
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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing
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Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing

A U.N. conference made little headway on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.
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How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

University of Western Australia scientists have created a robot fish to terrify the invasive mosquitofish species by mimicking its most feared predator.

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?
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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible...

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees
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He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees

Afghan refugee Saidullah Karimi built a robot from pieces of trash to symbolize what refugees can accomplish and contribute to their new societies.

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.
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The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages from computer chips to construction materials were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in...

Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?
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Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.

Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?
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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney's parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won't cut it...

Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms
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Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot
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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.

Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets
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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.

'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt
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'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt

Scientists at the Robotor laboratory in Carrara, Italy, are developing sculpting robots to keep the country on the artistic forefront.

The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.
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