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White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months
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White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months

"Congress must act," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.

Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults
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Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults

Robotic assistants could be used in nursing and retirement homes to help seniors care for themselves and assist with chores.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports
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AT&T, Verizon Delay 5G Service Near Some Airports

AT&T and Verizon said they would not activate the new 5G service within two miles of some runways, in line with a request from airline officials.

Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks
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Microsoft Warns of Destructive Cyberattack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remained massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us
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Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Meet Hume AI, a potentially more humane way to let the machines in.

Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip
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Researchers Develop Method Embedding Atoms One-by-One to Build Quantum Chip

A new silicon construction technique developed by German and Australian researchers could potentially make building quantum computers more affordable and reliable...

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All
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Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

A cloud-based platform developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University offers access to one of the biggest genomics databases in the world.

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need
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Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Hiring managers expect finding qualified developers will be the biggest recruitment challenge of 2022, according to a survey of 14,000 developers and technology...

How Game Theory Changed Poker
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How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach...

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages
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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots...

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device
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'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform any face mask into a smart monitoring device.

Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19
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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

U.K. and Polish scientists have developed a technique to detect epidemic waves of COVID-19.

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V
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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes...

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures
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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development...

Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill
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Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill

Beijing's ambitions for the digital economy and core technologies have stoked fears the U.S. could lose technological leadership to China.

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register
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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.
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