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Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis
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Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis

Forget your water-cooled PC — this one runs on pond scum.

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
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Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race
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Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race

Intel has disclosed more information about the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) standard.

Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid
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Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid

U.S. and German physicists have validated single crystals of cerium zirconium pyrochlore as a three-dimensional quantum spin liquid.

What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  

Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip
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Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

Italian robotic bartending systems developer Makr Shakr said its Bionic Bar system has been installed aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas cruise ship.

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...

Drones, ML Help Reveal the Scale of Plastic Pollution
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Drones, ML Help Reveal the Scale of Plastic Pollution

Researchers at Japan's University of Tsukuba combined flying drones and machine learning to map plastic pollution in river habitats.

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR
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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate
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Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate

University of California, San Diego engineers have created a wearable device that continuously tracks monitor glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels simultaneously...

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball
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Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...

Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits
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Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Cooling speeds up electrons in bacterial nanowires.

Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool
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Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool

Discovery reveals the role of oxygen impurities in semiconductor properties.

Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up
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Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

The Digital Services Act will extract more new information from the young app than from older platforms like Facebook.

Wearable Technology for Plants
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Wearable Technology for Plants

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor for plant leaves that enables remote management of drought stress in gardens and farms.
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