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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science
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ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science

The Energy Sciences Network has rolled out the latest generation of the U.S. Department of Energy's high-performance science network, dubbed ESnet6.

Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light
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Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light

A photonic chip developed at Caltech may enable photonic quantum information processors.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Computer Errors from Outer Space
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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet
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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.

Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses
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Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Telescope uses machine-learning algorithm to identify a sample of 5,000 candidates of gravitational lenses from tens of millions of galaxy images.

Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots
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Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

Six major robot manufacturers — Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree — have signed a letter promising not...

Matter's Internet of Things Standard and Certification Are Ready
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Matter's Internet of Things Standard and Certification Are Ready

The Connectivity Standards Alliance has officially approved the Matter Internet of Things standard.

Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists
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Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists

U.S. pharmacy chain Walgreens is deploying robots to fill prescriptions for drugstores amid a nationwide shortage of pharmacists and pharmacist technicians.

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes
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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

At the heart of every bot-detection tool is a human's gut feeling—and all the messiness that comes with it.

Micron to Spend Up to $100 Billion on Chip Factory in New York State
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Micron to Spend Up to $100 Billion on Chip Factory in New York State

Semiconductor plant would be largest in the U.S., as Washington tries to boost the industry.

There is Plenty of Room at The Top (of Supercomputing)
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There is Plenty of Room at The Top (of Supercomputing)

Jack Dongarra on the future of high-performance computing.

Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch
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Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge estimated bitcoin miners have discharged nearly 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

A partnership between self-driving startup Kodiak Robotics and trucking company U.S. Xpress resulted in a self-driving 18-wheeler driving goods between Dallas and...

Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations
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Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations

Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, without...

Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

Siemens Automates Design Process for Testing Chips with Advanced Packaging
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Siemens Automates Design Process for Testing Chips with Advanced Packaging

Siemens Digital Industries Software's new software system automates the design process for testing chips with several layers of silicon tiles.

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car
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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road...
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