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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils
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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons
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Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons

Chinese scientists have developed a quantum computer prototype with 113 detected photons to solve tasks using the classical Gaussian boson sampling (GBS) modeling...

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI
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McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI

"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't give you fries with that."

The 50-Year-Old Problem That Eludes Theoretical Computer Science
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The 50-Year-Old Problem That Eludes Theoretical Computer Science

A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems—or keep them forever out of reach.

AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Research by neuroscientists suggests the latest predictive language models' underlying mechanism functions similarly to the human brain's language-processing centers...

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes
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Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes

Researchers have enhanced computer modeling to better predict the lift and drag of an airplane's structure, without slowing the speed of calculation.

Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap
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Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap

Artists are jumping into a market that will pay thousands for their work. But they're running into scams, environmental concerns, and crypto hype.

Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis
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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing
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Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.

How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps
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How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

Open up Google Translate or Apple's Translate and your mobile device turns into your personal language interpreter.

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots
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Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

A University of Notre Dame's researcher built four-legged swarm robots capable of traversing rough terrain and performing complex tasks collectively.

Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards
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Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards

Canadian and U.K. scientists have developed a new technique for generating a watershed-scale flood risk model based on LiDAR data.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.
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