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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

Your Wish Is My CMD
From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
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Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad
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For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad

A new high-tech vending machine can dispense a salad into a compostable bowl and keep ingredients at constant, food-safe temperatures.

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer
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Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer

Researchers have developed a method to transfer bits across a silicon chip up to five times more efficiently than standard setups.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
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U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

Quantum Backbone
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Quantum Backbone

An Oak Ridge early-career award recipient plots the infrastructure for a quantum-information highway.

Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty
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Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty

The researchers say the new robot is one of the smallest and most dexterous robots created to date.

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner
From ACM TechNews

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner

U.K. cybersecurity firm Sophos is advising MSSQL database owners to fortify their servers against botnet-orchestrated brute-force attacks.

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You
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In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You

Two Russian companies have partnered on an advanced autonomous driving system for agricultural vehicles.

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew
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Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew

A multi-institutional and international collaboration has yielded autonomous robots that use ultraviolet lamps to kill powdery mildew on crops.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack
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Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play networking protocol could expose billions of smart home devices to cyberattack.

The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover
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The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission on July 17.

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
From ACM TechNews

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a 'brain on a chip' composed of tens of thousands of memristors.

People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage
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People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage

University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed artificial cartilage.

Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown
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Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown

The planned test is part of a project to develop an artificial intelligence-driven drone that could change the face of air combat.

Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus
From ACM TechNews

Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus

Some restaurants in the Netherlands preparing to reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are planning to use robot waiters.
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