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DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft
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DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft

The program aims to create autonomous, fighter-jet-like craft that would deploy from the sky and then wield air-to-air weapons.

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
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To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
From Communications of the ACM

The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue
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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

Researchers have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
From Communications of the ACM

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms
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Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers developed robots that mimic blackworms blobs and could pave the way for the creation of swarm robots that function as...

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics
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This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant...

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry

Art historians, architects, computer scientists, and digital designers are leveraging virtual reality, 3D modeling, and cloud computing technologies to create a...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI
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New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI

Teams of researchers in the U.S. and Belgian have proposed a new kind of capacitorless dynamic random-access memory that could benefit AI applications.

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist
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Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist

Researchers at Northwestern University have a developed a three-dimensional printing technique that uses a liquid photopolymer activated by light.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says
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Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says

Drone delivery service Zipline has partnered with "a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines" to start dispatching doses to global partner sites as soon as April...

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
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Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?
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How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?

Like much else wrong with the world, the coronavirus is partly to blame.

No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage
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No Quick Fix for Auto Chip Shortage

Over-reliance on TSMC and soaring cost of old gear limits capacity expansion.

Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers
From ACM TechNews

Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers

Researchers used small drones to study how bees land on a flower.
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