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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes
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Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.

AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling
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AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling

A prototype "smart bin" can sort recyclable materials automatically through a combination of artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine vision.

NIST, Google to Create Chips for Researchers, Startups
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NIST, Google to Create Chips for Researchers, Startups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and Google have signed an agreement to develop and produce chips researchers can use to create new technologies...

Harvard, AWS Alliance to Advance Research in Quantum Science
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Harvard, AWS Alliance to Advance Research in Quantum Science

Harvard University and Amazon Web Services have partnered to further faculty-led quantum networking research.

This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls
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This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls

A mobile robot balance assistant developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University can anticipate and catch seniors before they fall.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
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The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus
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Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A three-dimensionally printed wearable device features an ultraviolet and visible light detector to correlate light exposure with symptom flare-ups in people with...

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate
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Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate

The Cerco company, in partnership with French teleco Orange, is rolling out a "superphone" equipped with a voice assistant in the Ivory Coast.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

How Silicon Chips Rule the World
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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

Maintaining the flow of oil is still crucial for the world economy. But now the supply of semiconductors is also critical for commerce, and war and peace.

NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel
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NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel

The partnership is aimed at training and building a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research
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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Computer proof assistants are being used to create online libraries of mathematical theorems and proofs.

Everything Apple Announced
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Everything Apple Announced

Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit
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Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Researchers have created a recyclable and biodegradable three-dimensionally printed circuit.

Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality
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Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

After heavy national investment in semiconductors to break a dependence on global chips, Xi seems unhappy with the results.
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