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Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

The researchers demonstrated the technique is scalable at the wafer level, which would make it an attractive option for future quantum computing.

VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events
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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

Ohio State University said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically...

Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw
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Stealthy UEFI Malware Bypassing Secure Boot Enabled by Unpatchable Windows Flaw

Researchers at Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET have found the first real-world case of Unified Extensible Firmware Interface malware that can take over a computer's...

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract
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System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract

Researchers have created a system that three-dimensionally tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers
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Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory of the U.K.'s University of the West of England focuses on developing chemical or living computers that can interface with...

The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up
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The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up

Robotics companies aim to create machines like startup Figure's just-unveiled Figure 01 bipedal humanoid robot to take on manual labor currently performed by humans...

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms
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Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms

Startup Palmear has developed a device that uses acoustic artificial intelligence to identify early signs of red palm weevil infestations of date palm trees.

New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

A solution for this problem may be found in an exotic version of a qubit known as a topological qubit.

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards
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Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of the West of England, Bristol used the mat of cells that form on top when brewing kombucha to develop flexible electric circuit...
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