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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.

IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack
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IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

Researchers at FortiGuard Labs reported that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware identified in mid-June has been evolving rapidly.

Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion
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Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers found congestion control algorithms fail to prevent certain users from taking up all the bandwidth.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured
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Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured

News of yet another datacenter fire in just two years hits Google. Here's how to make sure you're not next.

U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral
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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles for patrols at Cape Canaveral.

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?
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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.
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