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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits
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Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Cooling speeds up electrons in bacterial nanowires.

Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool
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Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool

Discovery reveals the role of oxygen impurities in semiconductor properties.

Wearable Technology for Plants
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Wearable Technology for Plants

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor for plant leaves that enables remote management of drought stress in gardens and farms.

Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform
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Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Researchers created a new quantum bit (qubit) platform using frozen neon gas.

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups
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Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Brown University scientists led a multi-institutional team in employing new DNA analysis methods to better understand genetic conditions' impact across different...

Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials
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Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are training microscopes to find new materials faster using an intuitive algorithm. ...

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence
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Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.

David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79
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David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

In 1969, he was part of a team of young engineers who built the first machine to switch data among computers using the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.

Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs
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Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a tracking system to monitor the migration of monarch butterflies to specific mountain peaks in central Mexico...

Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human
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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.

A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing
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A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing

Two independent teams show neutral ytterbium-171 atoms can be trapped and used for quantum information processing, bringing quantum computers based on this platform...

High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
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High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

Virginia high school senior Benjamin Choi designed a thought-controlled robotic arm, then three-dimensionally printed the first model in small pieces, and assembled...

Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing
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Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed an approach for shuffling qubits during computing while maintaining their quantum state, resulting in a programmable, error-correcting...

Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science
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Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science

Scientists at Australia's Monash University have developed a computer science learning framework that uses food to teach fundamental computing concepts.

 Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making
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Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making

Intel and TSMC are looking to boost chip output amid supercharged demand, but getting the equipment to do so requires increasing patience.
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