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Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

Exploring the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....

Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets
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Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

South Korea has launched its first autonomous urban patrol robot, which patrols the streets of Seoul monitoring in search of dangerous situations.

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions
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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.

Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched
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Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

The devices can be recharged with light.

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot
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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

Quantum Computers and the Universe
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Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward
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Swarm Robotics Moves Forward

Drawing inspiration from nature to enable complex behaviors.

Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts
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Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

An experimental device under development by scientists at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to alert lifeguards when its wearer is drowning.

Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency
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Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency

Engineers have developed an ultrafast electronic/photonic chip sandwich that generates minimal heat.

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up
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The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The new prefixes come at a time when scientists and industries are dealing with data that need measurements going beyond the current range.

AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem
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AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem

Quantum computers, once thought to be "superior" to classical computers, increasingly are being seen as yet another accelerator for specialized problems, according...

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously
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Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Scientists are developing flexible wearable electronics that can monitor the wearer's health.

Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle
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Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

Scientists have enabled a low-cost and relatively small legged robot to adapt to obstacles.

Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?
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Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?

MinChan Kim, 18, is the pilot to watch when the Drone Racing League returns to NBC Sports this weekend.

AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices
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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

Researchers used artificial intelligence to design an invisibility cloak to conceal antennas or small communication devices from infrared light or microwave detectors...

NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors
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NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors

The National Football League has expanded its partnership with top research universities to gather data from on-field head impacts to inform injury reduction programs...

Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings
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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings

The munchable machine could be used in rescue missions.
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