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The State of Quantum Computing
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The State of Quantum Computing

Recent developments in the field may signal quantum technology will soon be ready for prime time.

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain...

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)
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How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.

Robot Senses Hidden Objects
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Robot Senses Hidden Objects

A new robot can locate and grasp hidden objects using radio waves in combination with traditional computer vision.

Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030

A Norwegian energy research firm predicted robotics and automation could replace hundreds of thousands of oil and gas workers worldwide by 2030.

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art
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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid
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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars
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Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles leverages artificial intelligence to learn from real traffic situations.

Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing
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Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

An engineer channels Galileo to describe a new approach to computing: p-bits.

Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions
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Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Duke University engineers modeled a soft robot after a dragonfly; the robot can skim across water and react to environmental conditions, without electronics.

Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough
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Firmware Attacks Are on the Rise and You Aren't Worrying About Them Enough

Businesses are too busy patching to worry about firmware attacks, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study.  

Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing
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Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

A robot built by researchers at Australia's University of the Sunshine Coast has legs and feet programmed to mimic the gait of climbing lizards.

U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort
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U.S. Covid-19 Supercomputing Group Evaluates Year-Long Effort

The Covid-19 High-Performance Computing Consortium gave researchers free access to the world's most powerful computers over the past year.

Honeywell says Quantum Computers will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'
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Honeywell says Quantum Computers will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'

Compared to other companies, Honeywell's approach to quantum computing focuses on a narrower range of more stable qubits.

The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'
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The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'

German startup Nova Audio has created pearl earrings that double as earphones, with a tiny speaker, two microphones, an antenna, a Bluetooth chip, and a battery...

Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers
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Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers

An artificial intelligence (AI)-powered backpack developed by University of Georgia (UGA) researchers can help vision-impaired wearers navigate their environment...

Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand
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Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Tetsuya Ogata and colleagues at Japan's Waseda University have taught an artificial intelligence-powered robot to tie knots around a box using just two fingers...

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements
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'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.
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