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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research
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Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

The University of Buffalo's (UB) Yubie robot dog is used as both for research and as an educational tool.

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...

Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot
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Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

"Who's at fault, man or machine?"

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Chip Makers, Once in High Demand, Confront Sudden Challenges
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Chip Makers, Once in High Demand, Confront Sudden Challenges

Demand for semiconductors was off the charts last year. But a sharp slowdown coupled with new U.S. restrictions against China have created obstacles.

Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes
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Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have developed a robotic peregrine falcon in a bid to prevent birds from colliding with aircraft. ...

Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches
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Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches

Researchers developed a device that can kill cockroaches using a laser, two cameras, and an artificial intelligence (AI) model capable of targeting specific insect...

'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton
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'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton

Mexico's Association for People with Cerebral Palsy plans to use the Atlas 2030 pediatric exoskeleton to help at least 200 children with cerebral palsy.

How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?
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How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?

Researchers leveraged enzymes, artificial neurons, and neural networks to retrieve or manipulate digital data stored as DNA.

AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt
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AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt

Mechanical engineers have developed an artificial intelligence-powered material that learns behaviors over time, and can adjust to changing circumstances.

Go Backward, Save Energy
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Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science
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ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science

The Energy Sciences Network has rolled out the latest generation of the U.S. Department of Energy's high-performance science network, dubbed ESnet6.

Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light
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Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light

A photonic chip developed at Caltech may enable photonic quantum information processors.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Computer Errors from Outer Space
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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet
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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.
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