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Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms
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Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms

Researchers at Norway's SINTEF institute are designing an underwater robot to autonomously inspect fish farms.

Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality
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Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality

Retailers are increasingly reliant on augmented reality technology to help consumers try on products, hoping to virtually recreate the real-world shopping experience...

Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Datacenters
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Our Digital Lives Drive a Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Datacenters

Developers and investors see more opportunities in commercial real estate as businesses and consumers gobble up more data.

A Touch of Reality
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A Touch of Reality

The field of haptics—the use of technology to simulate touch, feeling, and motion—is finally hitting its stride.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
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Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Tiny Quantum Computer Solves Real Optimization Problem
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Tiny Quantum Computer Solves Real Optimization Problem

Researchers showed that a small but well-functioning quantum computer was able to solve a small portion of a real logistics problem in the aviation industry.

In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet
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In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet

No weapons were involved, and the plane was steered by a pilot.

Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”
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Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”

University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a chip that, with financial backing, could be scaled up and used to build the quantum simulator of the future...

Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries
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Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries

A dinosaur's brain reconstructed through advanced imaging and three-dimensional modeling suggests the sauropod may have been bipedal and occasionally carnivorous...

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
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Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

'Electronic Amoeba' Finds Approximate Solution to Traveling Salesman Problem in Linear Time
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'Electronic Amoeba' Finds Approximate Solution to Traveling Salesman Problem in Linear Time

Researchers at Hokkaido University and Amoeba Energy in Japan developed an analog computer to find a reliable, speedy solution to the traveling salesman problem...

The Next Best Thing to Being There
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The Next Best Thing to Being There

Encouraged by the pandemic, augmented and mixed realities bring new views to end-users in medicine, industry, and the military.

This Robot Can Rap—Really
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This Robot Can Rap—Really

A Georgia Institute of Technology music technologist modified an improvisational musical robot called Shimon to create lyrics and perform rap in real time.

Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters
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Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters

Advances in technology may come to a corner near you, easing traffic and possibly helping the environment.

Split Wave: Team Develops Component for Neuromorphic Computer
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Split Wave: Team Develops Component for Neuromorphic Computer

Researchers have demonstrated a new neuromorphic computing approach.

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Claims target social-media giant's past acquisitions, tactics against competitors.

In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers
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In Battle Against Hackers, Companies Try to Deceive the Deceivers

Companies are attempting to trap hackers by enticing them with deception technology.

Seeing Past Copper
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Seeing Past Copper

Optical interconnects take aim at Moore’s law.

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds
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Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.
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