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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
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'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour
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Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour

Researchers taught a four-legged, dog-sized robot to walk in one hour with the help of a Bayesian optimization algorithm.

Inside China's Scramble to Overcome Microchip Crunch
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Inside China's Scramble to Overcome Microchip Crunch

With global supplies tight, brokers are playing an outsize role in securing key components.

What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers
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What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers

A future-proof way to encrypt sensitive data is now available. Put it to use.

Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill
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Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill

Political wrangling slows progress on what began as bipartisan effort to restore America's semiconductor production prowess.

In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones
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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones

Drones are in high demand among both Ukrainians and Russians as the war continues.

Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement
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Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement

Three computer scientists have solved the NLTS conjecture, proving that systems of entangled particles can remain difficult to analyze even away from extremes. ...

Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans
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Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans

Researchers have developed a glove inspired by an octopus for securely gripping objects underwater.

'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs
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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs

The "Retbleed" flaw targets older AMD and Intel central processing units as a channel for Spectre-based speculative-execution attacks.

DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells
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DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells

Researchers have developed a DNA typewriter that can encode text in cells.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud
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D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud

Experimental prototype offers sneak peek of 7,000-qubit quantum computer.

Am I Getting Sick?
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Am I Getting Sick?

The future of over-the-counter at-home medical tests is trending toward multiple-malady detection.

New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias
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New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias

oVRcome, a phone-based virtual reality (VR) application designed to treat phobias, successfully completed a six-week clinical trial.

Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses
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Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.

Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.

The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon
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The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon

Aurora, Waymo, TuSimple and Torc are among the leaders in an industry that could pass self-driving cars.

Chip Shortage? Some Industries Now Have Too Many
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Chip Shortage? Some Industries Now Have Too Many

Demand is cooling for chips used in PCs and smartphones.

Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem
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Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem

Computer scientists have found a new type of problem that quantum computers can solve dramatically faster than their classical counterparts.
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