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Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics
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Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics

Cornell University researchers have developed a robotic photography system that can automatically rove an indoor space and shoot aesthetically appealing photos....

Fingertip Sensitivity for Robots
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Fingertip Sensitivity for Robots

A thumb-shaped sensor with a camera inside uses computer vision and a deep neural network to infer haptic contact information.

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage
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Russia's War in Ukraine Could Spur Another Global Chip Shortage

Ukraine is home to half of the world's neon gas, which is critical for manufacturing semiconductor chips.

Pioneering Simulations Focus on HIV-1 Virus
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Pioneering Simulations Focus on HIV-1 Virus

Researchers used supercomputers to generate the first biologically authentic computer simulations of the HIV-1 virus liposome and genome capsid.

Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack
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Toyota Halts Japan Production As Supplier Probes Possible Cyberattack

Toyota-owned truck manufacturer Hino Motors said two of its plants were affected, while Daihatsu, a Toyota affiliate that makes small cars, reportedly also stopped...

New Chip Can Prevent Hackers From Extracting Hidden Information From Smart Devices
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New Chip Can Prevent Hackers From Extracting Hidden Information From Smart Devices

Engineers build a lower-energy chip that can prevent hackers from extracting hidden information from a smart device.

Perovskite Artificial Retina Can Read Handwritten Numbers
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Perovskite Artificial Retina Can Read Handwritten Numbers

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have constructed an artificial retina from perovskite materials.

Quantum Computing Arrays Made of Two Types of Atom
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Quantum Computing Arrays Made of Two Types of Atom

Two research teams have created arrays containing two different neutral atoms, a promising platform for quantum computing.

The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia
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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia

The components may play a pivotal role in upcoming efforts to sanction the invading country, but it is unclear if those efforts will actually work.

Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data
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Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed an integrated circuit chip that can thwart power side-channel attacks using less energy than...

Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo
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Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo

A cheese robot created by Klavs Martin Sørensen at Denmark's University of Copenhagen is employed at Danish dairy company Arla to help with quality control.

Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out
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Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out

What's inside a black hole? Quantum computers and deep learning may finally reveal clues.

Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language
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Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language

Keeping tabs on data entanglement keeps reins on buggy quantum code.

Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations
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Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 robot fry cook is being deployed in 100 White Castle fast food restaurants.

Accelerating AI
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Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.

 IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy
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IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy

IonQ and DoE are trying to create a stable, domestic pipeline for sourcing the barium qubits used in quantum processors built by IonQ.

Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?
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Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?

South America contains more than half of the world's reserves of the critical metal that is used in batteries. China is looking for a bigger piece of the pie.

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.

The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?
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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, the...
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