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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.

Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go
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Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go

A new portable ultrasound device uses custom algorithms to measure how much blood is being pumped by the heart.

Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma
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Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma

A smart contact lens can monitor intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients and deliver medications in response to IOP levels.

DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO
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DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO

Microsoft and friends happy to assuage Uncle Sam's anxiety — for a price.

Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?
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Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

Sinanoglu's backers include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, which is supporting his research through its Defense Advanced Research...

Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population
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Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population

Ecologists are using aerial drones to monitor fallow deer populations in the U.K.'s Ashdown Forest.

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports
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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry...

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics
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Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

The Footsim digital sole model created by U.K., Canadian, and Swiss researchers can map the signals continuously streaming from the foot to the brain as a tool...

Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics
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Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

Researchers at Stanford University and Ireland's University College Dublin built analog quantum simulators that could solve the most significant puzzles in physics...

Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm
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Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm

Unused bandwidth in neurons can be tapped to control extra limbs.

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems
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New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems

The architecture for these new quantum devices involves hybrid metal-semiconductor components incorporated into a nanoelectronic circuit

Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China
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Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China

Deal with U.S. comes as President Biden seeks to slow China's military development.

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

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.

RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says
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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement
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Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Researchers collaborated on the construction of remote-controlled electronic biological robots powered by organic muscles.

LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances
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LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

Appliance manufacturers LG Electronics and Whirlpool are trying to entice customers whose "smart" appliances are not connected to the Internet to embrace the technology...

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies
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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation...
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