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Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade
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Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade

Loihi 2 packs 1 million neurons in a chip half the size of its predecessor.

Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022
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Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022

Building capacity for new chips is a lengthy process.

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow
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Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow

Crafting more difficult algorithms to protect secrets so they are resilient to future quantum computers is creating, in effect, post-quantum cryptography.

Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training
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Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Stanford University scientists found training is critical for reaping the benefits of exoskeleton use.

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era
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Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era

Researchers demonstrated a highly efficient system of photodetectors that can surmount the constraints of conventional light-to-frequency conversion circuits.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options
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When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is focused on gauging unmanned aerial vehicles' ability to recover from malfunctions...

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge
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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt
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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data
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Researchers Discover Vulnerability in Widely-Used Method for Securing Phone Data

Researchers demonstrated how an attack on low-end Android phones targetted a standard encryption process.

Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required
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Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required

An Australian-born startup says it has developed a quantum microprocessor that runs happily at room temperature.

3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot
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3D-Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot

Scientists have engineered a three-dimensionally-printed vaccine patch that offers more protection than a typical shot in the arm.

Robots Scurry Through Underground Scavenger Hunt to Advance Technology
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Robots Scurry Through Underground Scavenger Hunt to Advance Technology

Eight teams directed robots through an underground scavenger hunt in the final segment of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge...

It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests
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It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests

There's a critical mass of tech leaders interested in quantum computing, and current challenges to its widespread implementation are surmountable, says Classiq....

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure
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Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure

Flying microchips developed by engineers at Northwestern University could be used to monitor air pollution and airborne disease.

Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits
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Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits

A research team has developed new techniques for controlling qubits, which could help improve the accuracy of quantum computers.
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