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Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm
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Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm

Scientists conferred a sense of touch to a robotic arm that provides tactile feedback directly to a paralyzed man's brain.

'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs
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'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs

A "blind" bipedal robot trained in a simulator by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers can negotiate varying terrain, including the climbing of stairs.

Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo
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Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo

Researchers at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed a wireless, nose-worn device that can enable directional smell using tiny electrical impulses...

Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029
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Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029

Google intends to invest billions of dollars to build a commercial-grade quantum computer that can perform large-scale, error-free calculations by 2029.

AI Program Accurately Predicts Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Program Accurately Predicts Lung Cancer Risk

A deep learning artificial intelligence algorithm can accurately predict the risk of lung nodules detected on computed tomography images turning cancerous.

Stunning Simulation of Stars Being Born is Most Realistic Ever
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Stunning Simulation of Stars Being Born is Most Realistic Ever

STARFORGE is the first computational framework to simulate an entire gas cloud in which stars are born.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.

A New Way of Seeing
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A New Way of Seeing

Vision AI provides a deeper view.

Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns
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Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns

The decline in the stock markets was a faint echo of the crash in the market for cryptocurrencies in recent days.

Prabhakar Raghavan Isn't CEO of Google—He Just Runs the Place
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Prabhakar Raghavan Isn't CEO of Google—He Just Runs the Place

In his first interview since taking a top job, Raghavan gets into the future of search, misinformation, employee ferment, and robots making phone calls.

The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter
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The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter

New financial trading algorithms promise quantum- computer performance improvements over classical computers within 5-10 years, rather than 10-20.

Endless Scrolling Through Social Media can Literally Make You Sick
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Endless Scrolling Through Social Media can Literally Make You Sick

Once mainly a scourge of VR headsets, cybersickness seems to be on the rise as the pandemic pushes our bodies to their digital limits.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Helping Drone Swarms Avoid Obstacles Without Hitting Each Other
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Helping Drone Swarms Avoid Obstacles Without Hitting Each Other

A predictive control model allows individual drones to predict their own behavior and that of neighboring drones in a swarm, to keep them from bumping into each...

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference
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Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference

The experts have weighed in: Non-fungible tokens are dumb as hell.

Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution
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Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution

Researchers had five neural language models compete in lexical substitution tasks, including plain substitution and word sense induction .

Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes
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Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes

Japan has inoculated just 2.8% of its population.

Coding Bootcamps in the Time of COVID
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Coding Bootcamps in the Time of COVID

Immersive coding schools have headed online, where their job orientation is more intense than ever.

Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze
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Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze

Intel's researchers have proven that Horse Ridge could be used to control qubits directly next to the quantum processor.
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