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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports
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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports

The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced...

Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies
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Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies

Robotics researchers are using large language models (LLMs) to skirt preprogramming limits.

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting
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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting

Employees at U.K. house-clearing firm Just Clear found two Q1 microcomputers, considered the first single-microchip PC, while clearing out a property in December...

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play
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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move...

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

Open Source Security Chip Released
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Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.

Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer
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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication...

U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D
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U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

The Biden administration announced that it would invest $5 billion in the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection
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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

Using AI algorithms, researchers developed a 3D-printable foam that eventually could be used in bike helmets, shipping crates, and football pads.

ISS Gets SSD Upgrade
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ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

Hewlett Packard's HPE Edgeline EL4000 and the HPE DL360 Gen10 server on the International Space Station have been upgraded with Kioxia's M.2 and SAS SSDs.

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab
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Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

The future of warfare is being piloted in Ukraine, which has been turned into a sort of lab by technology companies.

Researchers Design Processor from DNA
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Researchers Design Processor from DNA

A microfluidic DNA processor is capable of computation and reading and writing data stored within DNA.

CERN Robot Detects Radiation Leaks
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CERN Robot Detects Radiation Leaks

A dog-like robot undergoing tests by researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) could be used to detect potential radiation leaks in challenging...

Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles
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Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Computer scientists developed of method to ensure end-to-end safety of autonomous vehicles by guaranteeing the results of the machine learning algorithms used to...

Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction
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Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction

Researchers demonstrated that a laser-generated light pulse containing several photons can be used to build a photonic quantum computer.

Why China is Betting Big on Chiplets
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Why China is Betting Big on Chiplets

By connecting several less-advanced chips into one, Chinese companies could circumvent the sanctions set by the US government.

China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research
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China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research

China's Ministry of Science and Technology issued an ethical guideline for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).
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