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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting
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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting

Employees at U.K. house-clearing firm Just Clear found two Q1 microcomputers, considered the first single-microchip PC, while clearing out a property in December...

Service Robots Roll Forward
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Service Robots Roll Forward

Transitioning from classic 'programmed automation' to modern 'AI-powered autonomy.'

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse
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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar...

Open Source Security Chip Released
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Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer
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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication...

U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D
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U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

The Biden administration announced that it would invest $5 billion in the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

ISS Gets SSD Upgrade
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ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

Hewlett Packard's HPE Edgeline EL4000 and the HPE DL360 Gen10 server on the International Space Station have been upgraded with Kioxia's M.2 and SAS SSDs.

Researchers Design Processor from DNA
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Researchers Design Processor from DNA

A microfluidic DNA processor is capable of computation and reading and writing data stored within DNA.

Norwegian CubeSat Talks to Earth Using Lasers
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Norwegian CubeSat Talks to Earth Using Lasers

The NorSat-TD microsatellite has established its first satellite-to-ground optical communications link.

Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction
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Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction

Researchers demonstrated that a laser-generated light pulse containing several photons can be used to build a photonic quantum computer.

The State of the Metaverse
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The State of the Metaverse

After years and many attempts to build out a metaverse and make use of it, is there anything out there?

Robot Swings Its Way to Unexplored Treetops
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Robot Swings Its Way to Unexplored Treetops

Researchers developed a robot that can descend from a height and swing around obstacles.

FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure
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FBI Shuts Down China's 'Volt Typhoon' Hackers Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

During a U.S. House committee hearing, FBI Director Christopher Wray disclosed that his agency had shut down the China-backed hacking group known as "Volt Typhoon...

Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places
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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict...

Robotic Insect Moves Across Water
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Robotic Insect Moves Across Water

A robot developed by Washington State University researchers mimics insects that are supported by surface tension as they move across water.

Cat Qubit Error Correction Architecture
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Cat Qubit Error Correction Architecture

A new quantum error-correction architecture could reduce quantum computer hardware requirements.

NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage
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NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage

The NVM Express (NVMe) consortium has established a standardized method for applications to talk to storage devices with processing capabilities.

From ACM News

New AI Framework Can Create Images From Nothing

Blackout Diffusion generates samples comparable to current diffusion models, but require fewer computational resources.

Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis
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Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis

Japan, the world's fastest-aging economy, is turning to technologies like AI, avatars, and robots to address labor shortages.
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