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New Tool for Building and Fixing Roads and Bridges: Artificial Intelligence
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New Tool for Building and Fixing Roads and Bridges: Artificial Intelligence

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, A.I. is being applied to the nation's aging infrastructure. Is that wise?

You Paid $1,000 for an iPhone, but Apple Still Controls It
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You Paid $1,000 for an iPhone, but Apple Still Controls It

The company codes its devices with software that complicates repairs by triggering safety warnings and malfunctions.

Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids
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Apple to Make It Easier to Text Between iPhones, Androids

Apple will adopt a technological standard next year that will allow text messaging to operate more smoothly between its iOS devices and Android devices.

Are Cat Qubits the Key to Reliable Quantum Computing in the Modern Era?
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Are Cat Qubits the Key to Reliable Quantum Computing in the Modern Era?

Quantum computers are prone to errors due to the sensitivity of qubits to environmental noise. Can cat qubits help build fault-tolerant quantum computers?

Tales of Topological Qubits
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Tales of Topological Qubits

Emulating the behavior of exotic quantum states may give quantum computing a better way of squeezing out troublesome noise and errors.

China Claims World's Fastest Internet
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China Claims World's Fastest Internet

Huawei Technologies Co. and China Mobile Ltd. have built a 3,000-km (1,860-mile) Internet network linking Beijing to the south.

Glasses Use Sonar, AI to Interpret Upper Body Poses in 3D
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Glasses Use Sonar, AI to Interpret Upper Body Poses in 3D

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable device that uses inaudible soundwaves and artificial intelligence to track the user's upper body movements...

Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future
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Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future

Colleges are starting the process of educating future engineers in topics such as how quantum computing hardware components work and how to write quantum computing...

How Quantum Computing Can Benefit Drug Discovery
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How Quantum Computing Can Benefit Drug Discovery

Quantum computing aims to reduce cost and time.

Centimeter-Scale Quadruped Leverages Curved-Crease Origami
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Centimeter-Scale Quadruped Leverages Curved-Crease Origami

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a centimeter-scale quadruped robot inspired by origami.

Researchers Develop Solid-State Thermal Transistor for Better Heat Management
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Researchers Develop Solid-State Thermal Transistor for Better Heat Management

A solid-state thermal transistor enables precision control of heat movement in semiconductor devices using the on-off switching of an electric field.

Magnetic Sensors Pinpoint 
GPU Cryptojacking Attacks
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Magnetic Sensors Pinpoint 
GPU Cryptojacking Attacks

Identifying incursions with magnetic sensors.

A Man with Parkinson's Regained the Ability to Walk, Thanks to a Spinal Implant
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A Man with Parkinson's Regained the Ability to Walk, Thanks to a Spinal Implant

The implant delivers bursts of electrical signals, stimulating his spinal cord to make his leg muscles move.

Thousands in Line to Get Brain Chip Implant by Elon Musk's Neuralink
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Thousands in Line to Get Brain Chip Implant by Elon Musk's Neuralink

The implant, designed to replace the removed skull piece, will read and analyse the person's brain activity and wirelessly relay this information to a nearby laptop...

Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone
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Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone

San Francisco-based startup Humane is pinning its hopes on what's being billed as the first artificially intelligent device.

Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism
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Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to robotics that uses insights from extinct organisms to create soft robots.

Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease
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Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease

A new deep learning algorithm can predict whether an individual's age-related macular degeneration will progress to geographic atrophy, which is more severe, within...

AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient
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AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient

A new artificial intelligence model could boost U.K. telecommunications providers' bandwidth efficiency and augment mobile networks' environmental sustainability...

Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body
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Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body

These earbuds listen to you, to determine if your brain and/or body are working at peak efficiency.

5G-Powered Robots Clean Singapore's Rivers
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5G-Powered Robots Clean Singapore's Rivers

Singapore-based Weston Robot is supplying uncrewed surface vessels to clean Singapore's rivers by collecting garbage and monitoring water quality.
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