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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation
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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons with fidelity greater than 90%, paving the way...

Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices
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Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices

Niels Teusink, a researcher at Netherlands-based security firm Eye Control, found that hackers are attempting to exploit a backdoor built into several Zyxel device...

How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19
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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.

Nuro to Be California's First Driverless Delivery Service
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Nuro to Be California's First Driverless Delivery Service

California has approved the operation of R2 driverless delivery vehicles from robotics startup Nuro.

Battery-Free IoT: These Tiny Printable Computers Harvest Energy From Radio Waves
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Battery-Free IoT: These Tiny Printable Computers Harvest Energy From Radio Waves

The Wiliot Internet of Things tag is a printable chip that harvests energy from ambient radio waves, so it requires no battery.

2020 Put Us On the Edge of a Processor Revolution
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2020 Put Us On the Edge of a Processor Revolution

Upscaled looks back at a big year for CPUs.

Tech's Biggest Winners in 2020
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Tech's Biggest Winners in 2020

This year wasn't all bad.

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...
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