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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?
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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.

A Molecule That Responds to Light
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A Molecule That Responds to Light

Researchers have advanced the development of molecule-based materials that can serve as light-addressable fundamental quantum bits.

Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training
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Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training

Researchers used a spiking neural network on a microchip as a foundation for developing more efficient hardware-based artificial intelligence systems.

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos
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A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos

Ohio State University scientists demonstrated a method of using physically unclonable functions to thwart hackers.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment
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Finally, 3D-Printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment

University at Buffalo and University of Pittsburgh engineers three-dimensionally-printed graphene aerogels for water treatment, after addressing scalability and...

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars
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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Makes Historic First Flight on Mars

The Ingenuity helicopter has become the first aircraft to achieve powered flight on Mars.

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
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Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...

First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing
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ACM Prize Awarded to Pioneer in Quantum Computing

ACM has named Scott Aaronson the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for his pioneering contributions to quantum computing.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location
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Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Rolf Mueller and colleagues have developed a new technique for identifying the point of origin of a sound....

3D-Printed Material to Replace Ivory
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3D-Printed Material to Replace Ivory

Researchers have engineered a substitute for ivory in three-dimensional printing.

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

Automating the Farm
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Automating the Farm

Seeking increased yields with precision agriculture technology.

'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat
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'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat

The Internet-connected world is completely dependent on the production of semiconductors. That's become a problem now that supplies are running short.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
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China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...
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