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Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry
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Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

U.S. chipmakers await monetary support from the government a year after supporting legislation was signed into law.

Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk
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Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk

Scientists have associated a lack of sleep and reduced physical activity during pregnancy with the risk of premature birth.

Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses
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Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses

A tetrahedron-shaped robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Bristol features flexible piping that allows it to alter its shape, size, and movements...

MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves
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MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves

The self-driving, four-wheeled MilliMobile robot created by University of Washington researchers draws power from ambient light or radio waves, and can travel 10...

Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing
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Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing

Procyon believes it might be possible to run ChatGPT's large language model neural networks on their hardware.

AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS
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AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS

UPS and other large logistics companies are rolling out technology to curtail porch piracy.

Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing
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Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing

Researchers developed a new material system that combines a superconductor and a topological insulator with the goal of making more robust qubits.

Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage
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Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage

A wearable optical device developed by Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) researchers can detect postpartum hemorrhage early.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation
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E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station
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Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station

The New York Police Department has deployed a nearly 400-pound "fully autonomous outdoor security robot" in Times Square's subway station as a test run.

Cyborg Cockroach Can Navigate a Maze
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Cyborg Cockroach Can Navigate a Maze

Researchers have developed a method of creating cyborg cockroaches for use in search-and-rescue missions or building inspections that does not injure them.

Cyber Experts Set Out to Secure 2024 U.S. Election
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Cyber Experts Set Out to Secure 2024 U.S. Election

A team of cybersecurity experts established through the U.S.-based nonprofit Information Technology – Information Sharing and Analysis Center will undertake a "clear...

Sentinel Satellites Map Methane Super-Emitters
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Sentinel Satellites Map Methane Super-Emitters

An international team of researchers has developed an algorithm that uses machine learning to automatically detect methane super-emitter plumes in data from satellites...

The Fight to Repair
From Communications of the ACM

The Fight to Repair

How the battle over the right to repair is tipping in favor of consumers.

Using Psychology to Bolster Cybersecurity
From Communications of the ACM

Using Psychology to Bolster Cybersecurity

Getting into the minds of attackers to protect the enterprise.

Soft Robot Walks by Repeatedly Blowing Itself Up
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Soft Robot Walks by Repeatedly Blowing Itself Up

Researchers at Cornell University and Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have engineered a soft quadruped robot that locomotes via internal combustion...

Researchers Unlock Chip-Based Thermionic Cooling for Quantum Computers
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Researchers Unlock Chip-Based Thermionic Cooling for Quantum Computers

Researchers at Finland's VTT Technical Research Center designed a device that could potentially cut cooling costs for dilution-refrigerated quantum computers 10...

Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter
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Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter

U.K.-based driverless car company Wayve has tapped chatbot technology to question its vehicles about their driving decisions.

Breakthrough Way to Train Neuromorphic Chips
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Breakthrough Way to Train Neuromorphic Chips

A research team has developed a neuromorphic chip that does not require training via external software.

Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones
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Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones

Autonomous air taxis were demonstrated in Jerusalem, Israel, last week, taking off from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and flying over the city before landing back...
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