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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects
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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects

Researchers have developed a sensitive model for detecting and counting transistor defects.

Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging
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Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging

University of Arizona engineers have developed personalized biosymbiotic devices that can operate without recharging.

Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future
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Edge Computing: The Architecture of the Future

To fully digitize the last mile of business, you need to distribute compute power where it's needed most -- next to IoT devices that collect data from the real...

Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels
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Singapore Inks Pact with Finland to Mutually Recognize IoT Security Labels

Singapore and Finland have agreed to recognize each other's cybersecurity labels for Internet of Things devices.

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

Bipedal Robot Can Ride a Skateboard, Walk a Slackline
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Bipedal Robot Can Ride a Skateboard, Walk a Slackline

The bipedal LEgs ONboARD drOne (LEONARDO) robot combines walking with flying to perform nimble, complex movements.

Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots
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Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots

International Data Corp. predicts the insurance industry will spend approximately $602 million globally on robotic systems, including drones, this year.

Alphabet's Wing Tests Drone Deliveries From Shopping Center Rooftops in Australia
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Alphabet's Wing Tests Drone Deliveries From Shopping Center Rooftops in Australia

Alphabet subsidiary Wing has launched a drone delivery pilot program in Logan, Australia.

Los Alamos Scientists Take Top Prizes in National Competition to Help Improve Electrical Grid
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Los Alamos Scientists Take Top Prizes in National Competition to Help Improve Electrical Grid

Hassan Hijazi and Carleton Coffrin of Los Alamos National Laboratory earned top prizes in a national contest to develop algorithms to enhance the electrical grid...

Interacting With Computers Through Smell
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Interacting With Computers Through Smell

Odors could help direct attention in virtual environments, among other things.

Robot Finds Lost Items
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Robot Finds Lost Items

A robotic arm can track down lost items using a camera and radio frequency antenna attached to its gripper.

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.
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