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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.

Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City
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Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City

California drone startup Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare to deliver medicine and other supplies to its Salt Lake City...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing
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Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing

QuEra's new technology comes from researchers at Harvard and MIT.

Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022
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Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022

Worker shortages continue, even as employment subsidies fall off. As the economy recovers, certain jobs are being permanently replaced by collaborative robots. ...

Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program
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Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program

Apple noted the program is "intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices."

Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery
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Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery

Researchers in Japan used the world's most powerful astronomical supercomputer to simulate a planet moving away from its initial formation site.

UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five
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UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five

A battery-free body area network integrates advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to facilitate communication between garments and nearby devices.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

The Chip That Changed the World
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The Chip That Changed the World

Most of the wealth created since 1971 is a result of Intel's 4004 microprocessor.

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...

Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer
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Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer

Said Satoshi Matsuoka, director of RIKEN R-CCS, "Fugaku has once again proven most powerful in a wide range of areas."

IBM Achieves Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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IBM Achieves Quantum Computing Breakthrough

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna told "Axios on HBO," "It is impossible to simulate it on something else, which implies it's more powerful than anything else."

Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp
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Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp

A novel robotic hand can change a grasped object's orientation without letting go.

Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease
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Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease

A new system can enable robotic hands to handle more than 2,000 different objects.

Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?
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Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?

A computational model shows how using vehicle-to-grid technology to store electricity in electric vehicles, selling it back to the utility as needed, can improve...

Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data
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Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data

The Benthic Rover II robot has spent seven years collecting deep-sea data 140 miles off California's coast.

Making Sense With Biology
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Making Sense With Biology

Hybrid systems enhance the capabilities of electronics with biologics.

Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business
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Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is using fully driverless trucks for its online grocery business.

The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social
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The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social

Tech titans and upstarts alike are working to deepen our relationships with their robots.
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