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Quantum Computing Arrays Made of Two Types of Atom
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Quantum Computing Arrays Made of Two Types of Atom

Two research teams have created arrays containing two different neutral atoms, a promising platform for quantum computing.

UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems
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UC Berkeley Robot Navigation Could Chart New Course for Self-Driving Systems

An approach that uses hours of video and elements of reinforcement learning can guide a robot vehicle almost two miles without a full map of the surroundings.

The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia
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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia

The components may play a pivotal role in upcoming efforts to sanction the invading country, but it is unclear if those efforts will actually work.

Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo
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Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo

A cheese robot created by Klavs Martin Sørensen at Denmark's University of Copenhagen is employed at Danish dairy company Arla to help with quality control.

Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out
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Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out

What's inside a black hole? Quantum computers and deep learning may finally reveal clues.

Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language
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Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language

Keeping tabs on data entanglement keeps reins on buggy quantum code.

Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco
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Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco

Researchers at driverless car company Waymo and Google Research used self-driving vehicles to create a virtual model of San Francisco.

Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations
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Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 robot fry cook is being deployed in 100 White Castle fast food restaurants.

HKU Physicists Come Closer to Quantum Materials Through Better Measurement of Quantum Entanglement
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HKU Physicists Come Closer to Quantum Materials Through Better Measurement of Quantum Entanglement

An algorithm developed by physicists at the University of Hong Kong can quantify entanglement entropy.

White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology
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White House Prepares Curbs on Russia's Access to U.S. Technology

Biden administration officials have warned Russia that it could face further restrictions on technology that is critical to its economy and military.

3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition
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3D-Printed Heart Helps Save Life of Baby Girl with Rare Condition

U.K. surgeons saved the life of a baby girl with a rare heart condition using a three-dimensionally-printed model of her heart.

E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey
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E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey

New research describes an electronic nose that can analyze whiskies and identify a whiskey’s brand with over 95% accuracy after a single whiff.

Accelerating AI
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Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.

 IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy
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IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy

IonQ and DoE are trying to create a stable, domestic pipeline for sourcing the barium qubits used in quantum processors built by IonQ.

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching
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China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching

Sweeping rules will cover algorithms that set prices, control search results, recommend videos, and filter content.

Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices
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Texas Sues Meta's Facebook over Facial-Recognition Practices

The Texas Attorney General's Office has filed suit against Facebook for allegedly violating state law with its facial recognition technology.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

Health Researchers Use AI to Better Predict Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes
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Health Researchers Use AI to Better Predict Hepatitis C Treatment Outcomes

Algorithms developed by University of Florida Health researchers employ artificial intelligence to forecast outcomes from treatments for hepatitis C.

Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?
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Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?

South America contains more than half of the world's reserves of the critical metal that is used in batteries. China is looking for a bigger piece of the pie.

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.
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