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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel
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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel

Israel has begun test flights of autonomous aircraft for heavy cargo, and eventually passenger transport, as part of a two-year, government-led project to manage...

Linux Foundation Europe Launches the RISC-V Software Ecosystem Project
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Linux Foundation Europe Launches the RISC-V Software Ecosystem Project

The Linux Foundation's European branch has launched the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project.

You Can Make Carbon Dioxide Filters with a 3D Printer
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You Can Make Carbon Dioxide Filters with a 3D Printer

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a way to three-dimensionally (3D)-print carbon dioxide capture filters.

Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats
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Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats

Telecommunication companies in Singapore plan  to overhaul existing fiber networks to protect themselves, and their customers, from future quantum computer attacks...

Uber Eats Food-Delivery Robots Set for Use in Multiple U.S. Cities
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Uber Eats Food-Delivery Robots Set for Use in Multiple U.S. Cities

Service robot company Serve Robotics said Uber Eats will deploy up to 2,000 of its food-delivery robots to deliver food in cities in the U.S. and Canada by next...

Pioneer of Multicore Processor Design Receives ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award
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Pioneer of Multicore Processor Design Receives ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award

Stanford University Professor Kunle Olukotun made computer processors more efficient and developed pivotal technologies for machine learning.

Robot Centipedes Go for a Walk
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Robot Centipedes Go for a Walk

Engineers have created a centipede-like walking robot that can navigate through dynamic instability.

U.S. Will Be 'Sole Winner' if Japan Copies Chip Curbs on China, Beijing's Envoy to Tokyo Warns
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U.S. Will Be 'Sole Winner' if Japan Copies Chip Curbs on China, Beijing's Envoy to Tokyo Warns

Japan would risk the future of its semiconductor sector if it cut off the huge China market, Chinese ambassador Wu Jianghao says.

Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App
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Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App

The sector, once popular, is searching for applications and users. 

Pneumatic Computer Uses Pressure Instead of Electricity
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Pneumatic Computer Uses Pressure Instead of Electricity

Elliot Hui and colleagues at the University of California, Irvine, built a computer from glass and silicone that encodes data using pneumatic pressure instead of...

Artificial Synapses for Neuromorphic Computing
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Artificial Synapses for Neuromorphic Computing

Researchers have developed an interface-type memristive device that could be used to create artificial synapses for next-generation neuromorphic computing.

Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch
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Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch

The RobotSweater machine-knitted textile "skin" can sense contact and pressure to make a robot "smarter during its interaction with humans."

Researchers Build Bee Robot That Can Twist
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Researchers Build Bee Robot That Can Twist

A new robotic bee can fly in all directions with stability and achieve the six degrees of free movement exhibited by most flying insects.

Meet the Forksheet: Imec's In-Between Transistor
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Meet the Forksheet: Imec's In-Between Transistor

The architecture shrinks circuits in a valuable step toward the ultimate CMOS device.

The Promise of Holographic Displays
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The Promise of Holographic Displays

The computational expense of creating three-dimensional images that can be viewed by all is just one factor holding them back.

3-D Printing Strengthens Material for Energy and Propulsion Applications
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3-D Printing Strengthens Material for Energy and Propulsion Applications

A research team led by engineers at MIT developed a new 3D printing method for strengthening materials.

Underwater Robot Deployed to Aid Endangered Right Whales Off Georgia Coast
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Underwater Robot Deployed to Aid Endangered Right Whales Off Georgia Coast

Researchers deployed an underwater robot to listen for endangered North Atlantic right whales swimming near the Georgia port of Savannah.

A Boost for the Quantum Internet
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A Boost for the Quantum Internet

Researchers at Austria's University of Innsbruck transmitted quantum information with a quantum repeater node operating at telecommunication networks' standard...

Humanoid Robots Are Coming of Age
From ACM News

Humanoid Robots Are Coming of Age

A few years ago, humanoid robots were clumsy and awkward. Now several startups claim to have models almost ready to go to work in warehouses and factories.

Fruit-Picking Robot Eve Ready to Harvest Apples Commercially, as Shortage of Workers Persists
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Fruit-Picking Robot Eve Ready to Harvest Apples Commercially, as Shortage of Workers Persists

Australian startup Ripe Robotics spent four years developing its autonomous fruit-picking robot Eve, which is processing apples in orchards owned amid a labor shortage...
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