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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros
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Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros

University of Maryland researchers used three-dimensional printing to produce a water-controlled robotic hand capable of completing the first level of the computer...

Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.
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Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.

Duke University Hospital surgeons successfully transplanted a total artificial heart developed by France's CARMAT into a 39-year-old patient who had suffered sudden...

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

Space-Enabled Drones Deliver Rapid Coronavirus Response
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Space-Enabled Drones Deliver Rapid Coronavirus Response

U.K.-based air mobility company Skyports used satellite-enabled drones to transport coronavirus tests and samples, medicines, and equipment between medical practices...

Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors
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Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled
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100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled

Startup reveals a unique quantum computing system.

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

Air-Powered Computer Memory Helps Soft Robot Control Movements
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Air-Powered Computer Memory Helps Soft Robot Control Movements

A new air-powered computer memory can be utilized to control soft robots, thanks to engineers at the University of California, Riverside.

ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data
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ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data

A machine learning tool can parse quantum matter and identify relationships among microscopic properties in the data.

Your Sweaty Fingertips Could Help Power the Next Generation of Wearable Electronics
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Your Sweaty Fingertips Could Help Power the Next Generation of Wearable Electronics

The new device is just 1 square centimeter wide and flexible enough to wrap around a fingertip.

'Hubble Is Back!'
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'Hubble Is Back!'

Famed space telescope has a new lease on life after computer swap appears to fix glitch.

Photonic Computers: The Future of Computing Is … Analogue
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Photonic Computers: The Future of Computing Is … Analogue

The future is optical. Photonic processors promise blazing fast calculation speeds with much lower power demands, and they could revolutionize machine learning....

Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record
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Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record

Japanese engineers have broken the world Internet speed record with a 319 TB per second data transmission rate across more than 3,001 kilometers of fiber-optic...

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot
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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.

Stumble-Proof Robot Adapts to Challenging Terrain in Real Time
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Stumble-Proof Robot Adapts to Challenging Terrain in Real Time

A new robotic locomotion model capable of real-time terrain adaptation has been developed by a multi-institutional research team.

 Google Demonstrates Vital Step towards Large-scale Quantum Computers
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Google Demonstrates Vital Step towards Large-scale Quantum Computers

Said Peter Knight at Imperial College London, "Without this advance, you will still have uncertainty about whether the roadmap towards fault tolerance was feasible...

Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors
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Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors

Shift to 7-nanometer process boosts the second-generation chip's transistor count to a mind-boggling 2.6 trillion.
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