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Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland
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Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland

One of the world's few rare earths processors outside China has bought exploration rights to mine in Greenland.

A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge
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A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge

An international team of researchers created the NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip to compute directly in memory.

Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'
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Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'

MIT engineers have devised a wearable sensor that communicates wirelessly without requiring onboard chips or batteries.

Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force
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Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force

LeviPrint system can assemble elongated objects into large structures without physical contact.

Quantum Annealing Can Beat Classical Computing in Limited Cases
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Quantum Annealing Can Beat Classical Computing in Limited Cases

Quantum annealing computers can run algorithms faster than classical computers in certain instances, but typically not when time is limited.

Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data
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Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

Researchers exploit computer processor's on-chip interconnect to launch side-channel attacks.

Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One
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Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One

Could be incorporated into future human-machine interfaces.

World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit
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World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit

Prosthesis is the world's largest four-legged exoskeleton, described as 'a cross between an excavator, a dune buggy, and a dinosaur.'

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.

Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH
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Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH

Engineer and musician Victor Zappi introduced a virtual percussion instrument co-developed with Professor Sidney Fels at the University of British Columbia at ACM's...

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All
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Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Scientists said they could beat Google's Sycamore quantum computer in performing an esoteric calculation using ordinary processors paired with a supercomputer. ...

Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers
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Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

An interdisciplinary team has developed a method for building quantum computers based on atomic building blocks that are custom-designed by chemists.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

Raising the Ramparts
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Raising the Ramparts

Why the enterprise needs military-grade cybersecurity, too.

U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral
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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles for patrols at Cape Canaveral.

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?
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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.

Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?
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Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Stanford University researchers are exploring whether emerging foundation models can help to realize the highest level of privacy, or "perfect secrecy."

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Found in Space
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Found in Space

Using deep learning to identify and classify astronomically distant objects.
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