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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research
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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Computer proof assistants are being used to create online libraries of mathematical theorems and proofs.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories
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Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

An algorithm developed by researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology can predict how fast enzymes work based on the sequence of amino acids that...

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...

NASA Mission Carrying Voice Assistant Tech to the Moon
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NASA Mission Carrying Voice Assistant Tech to the Moon

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Artemis 1 mission will carry an Alexa-enabled voice assistant called Callisto into lunar orbit.

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees
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Crash-Defying Quadcopter Lands on Rooftops Pitched at Up to 60 Degrees

Mechanical engineers at Canada's University of Sherbrooke developed landing technology for quadcopter drones that enables them to land on inclined surfaces.

Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape
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Your Next Wooden Chair Could Arrive Flat, Then Dry into a 3D Shape

Researchers have developed a process in which flat wooden shapes produced by three-dimensional printers can be programmed to transform into complex shapes.

China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry
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China's Aviation Regulator Sets Goals for Drone Industry

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has released a proposed roadmap for developing its civilian drone industry.

Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland
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Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland

One of the world's few rare earths processors outside China has bought exploration rights to mine in Greenland.

The Road to 6G
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The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry
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Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry

New research suggests the required computing power could diminish quantum computing's exponential speed advantage.

Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data
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Thinking Like a Cyber-Attacker to Protect User Data

Researchers exploit computer processor's on-chip interconnect to launch side-channel attacks.

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations
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Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-scanner payment technology to more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California.

Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All
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Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Scientists said they could beat Google's Sycamore quantum computer in performing an esoteric calculation using ordinary processors paired with a supercomputer. ...

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers
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Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

An interdisciplinary team has developed a method for building quantum computers based on atomic building blocks that are custom-designed by chemists.
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