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Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer
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Oil Giant Petrobras Launches Latin America's Largest Supercomputer

Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has unveiled the largest supercomputer in Latin America, with 200 terabytes of RAM and a 100Gbps network.

Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction
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Economists Know How to Break Your Phone Addiction

The study concludes about a third of social media use are linked to self-control problems and habit formation engendered by our digital technology.

Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons
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Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons

An artificial nose can distinguish between different types of bacteria, viruses, and poisonous gases .

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.

Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'
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Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'

Scientists used the underwater robot Mesobot to capture high-resolution images of slow-moving organisms in the mid-ocean "twilight zone" region.

Smart Tires Hit the Road
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Smart Tires Hit the Road

Tire manufacturers Goodyear Tire & Rubber and Bridgestone are launching new smart tire features for last-mile delivery vehicles.

Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing
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Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing

A technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology removes common errors in the operation of a two-quantum bit (qubit).

A Battery-Free Internet of Things
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A Battery-Free Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can thrive without hardwired or consumable power sources.

The Future of Supply Chains
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The Future of Supply Chains

Droids, drones, and driverless technologies are fueling a supply chain revolution.

Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race
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Germany Unveils Quantum Computer to Keep Europe in Global Tech Race

Germany unveiled a quantum computer this week.

U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot
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U.S. Army Scientists Create Formula for the Perfect Walking Robot

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have determined that current legged robots could be far more efficient.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque
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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health
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Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health

Purdue University engineers have developed a technique to turn apparel into washable smart clothes that operate without batteries.

Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time
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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

U.S. Navy officials said an aerial drone successfully refueled a fighter jet in midair for the first time during a June 4 test flight.

The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components
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The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market.

How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?
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How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

Researchers investigated virtual learning's shortcomings and proposed approaches for improving the experience.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.
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