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Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks
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Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks

The researchers observed that magnetic monopoles in hematite emerge through the collective behavior of many spins (the angular momentum of a particle).

IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits
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IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits

IBM has revealed two quantum computers. One is the second-largest ever made, and the other produces fewer errors than any quantum computer the company has built...

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

Photonic Chip 'Fits Together Like Lego'
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Photonic Chip 'Fits Together Like Lego'

A new compact silicon photonic semiconductor chip significantly expands radio-frequency (RF) bandwidth.

Creating Virtual Objects with the Flick of a Finger
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Creating Virtual Objects with the Flick of a Finger

Researchers in the U.K. designed a system that allows the use of quick hand gestures to select tools to create objects and designs in virtual environments.

Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom
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Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom

Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues developed a robot system to efficiently pick up strewn clothes.

Camera Stops Deepfakes at the Shutter
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Camera Stops Deepfakes at the Shutter

Built-in content credentials verifies photos' authenticity.

How Jensen Huang's Nvidia Is Powering the A.I. Revolution
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How Jensen Huang's Nvidia Is Powering the A.I. Revolution

The company's C.E.O. bet it all on a new kind of chip. Now that Nvidia is one of the biggest companies in the world, what will he do next?

A New Front Is Opening in the U.S.-China Chip Conflict
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A New Front Is Opening in the U.S.-China Chip Conflict

The ongoing conflict between the U.S. and China over semiconductor chip production is expected to ramp up as the U.S. seeks a competitive edge in advanced packaging...

Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives
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Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives

Researchers found drones with automated external defibrillators arrived at the scene of a suspected cardiac arrest more than 3 minutes before ambulances in 67%...

Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Windows Hello Implementations
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Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Windows Hello Implementations

Researchers found vulnerabilities in several laptop makers’ implementations of Windows Hello, the biometric login feature built into Windows.

6G Could Pull Double Duty to Monitor Climate Change
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6G Could Pull Double Duty to Monitor Climate Change

Northeastern University researchers said over-the-air spectroscopy could enable next-generation 6G networks to monitor climate change and air pollution.

Seeing the Light
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Seeing the Light

Shining a light on light-based computing.

Outdated Password Practices are Widespread
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Outdated Password Practices are Widespread

Researchers say a majority of the world’s most popular websites put users and their data at risk by failing to meet minimum password requirement standards.

Scientists Turn Invasive Carp into Traitors
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Scientists Turn Invasive Carp into Traitors

Agencies are using "traitors" to find hotspot hideouts of invasive carp that are threatening the Great Lakes.

Hackers Are Exploiting a Flaw in Citrix Software Despite Fix
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Hackers Are Exploiting a Flaw in Citrix Software Despite Fix

Citrix Bleed, a critical flaw in Citrix Systems software, is being exploited by government-backed hackers and critical groups.

South Korea Allows Autonomous Robots to Use Sidewalks
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South Korea Allows Autonomous Robots to Use Sidewalks

The South Korean government is allowing authorized autonomous robots to drive along the country's sidewalks.

New Tool for Building and Fixing Roads and Bridges: Artificial Intelligence
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New Tool for Building and Fixing Roads and Bridges: Artificial Intelligence

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, A.I. is being applied to the nation's aging infrastructure. Is that wise?

You Paid $1,000 for an iPhone, but Apple Still Controls It
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You Paid $1,000 for an iPhone, but Apple Still Controls It

The company codes its devices with software that complicates repairs by triggering safety warnings and malfunctions.

Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids
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Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids

Apple will adopt a technological standard next year that will allow text messaging to operate more smoothly between its iOS devices and Android devices.
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