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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores
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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.

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.

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics
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Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

On-chip frequency shifters can convert light in the gigahertz frequency range using continuous and single-tone microwaves.

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers
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Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Engineers have proposed a simpler design for quantum computers by harnessing a laser to manipulate an atom and alter photonic states through quantum teleportation...

Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension
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Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

A relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons could be constructed with currently available components.

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.

White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks
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White House Blacklists 8 Chinese Quantum Computing Companies Citing National Security Risks

The eight Chinese entities were added to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Entity List specifically for risks related to quantum computing technology.

Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer
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Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer

QuEra Computing, launched by physicists at Harvard and MIT, is trying a different quantum approach to tackle impossibly hard computational tasks.

My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics
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My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics

Severely quadriplegic Henry Evans has beta-tested robots as part of a 20-year collaboration with healthcare roboticist Charlie Kemp.

How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone
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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can find tiny spy cameras concealed in everyday objects, using smartphones' time-of-flight sensor.

Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.

Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality
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Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, plans to expand its virtual interactive venue, The Spaceship, as part of its New Frontier exhibition.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...

Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans
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Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans

Scientists have developed a predictive computer model that expresses animal cardiac research as human-specific insights.

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.

2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit
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2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit

ACM has named a team of Chinese researchers to receive the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for simulating a random quantum circuit in real time on a  supercomputer. ...

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication
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Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication

The researchers resolved a long-standing challenge in quantum optics.

Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.
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