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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions
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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.

Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life
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Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life

Purdue University researchers found in a recent study that putting a smartphone in dark mode is unlikely to save significant battery life.

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow's exascale computers.

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales
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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack
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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too...

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer
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Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer to test the behavior of isolated emergent magnetic monopoles.

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired
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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired...

High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles
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High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

Scientists at Japan's Tohoku University have invented a virtual version of air hockey that uses shapeshifting virtual projections of paddles and pucks.

Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K
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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

An untethered bipedal robot engineered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers and built by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics completed a five-kilometer...

The Great Quantum Computing Race
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The Great Quantum Computing Race

Companies and countries are pouring tens of billions of dollars into different qubit technologies, but it's still too early to predict a winner.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros
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Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros

University of Maryland researchers used three-dimensional printing to produce a water-controlled robotic hand capable of completing the first level of the computer...

Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.
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Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.

Duke University Hospital surgeons successfully transplanted a total artificial heart developed by France's CARMAT into a 39-year-old patient who had suffered sudden...
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