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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...

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The University of Pittsburgh recently received an $8-million+ National Institutes of Health grant to develop brain-computer interfaces.

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.

Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation
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Super Surfaces Use Terahertz Waves to Help Bounce Wireless Communication Into the Next Generation

Princeton University researchers have invented a programmable "metasurface" that lets engineers control and focus incoming terahertz waves.

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...

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.

Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant
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Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant

The need for custom options and improved power management in all applications—not just mobile, but PC and cloud—helped Arm beat Intel and win over the world's tech...

Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera
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Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Bath have captured 360-degree virtual reality video footage using a commercially available camera on a rotating selfie stick...

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.

The Smellicopter: An Obstacle-Avoiding Drone that Uses Live Moth Antenna to Seek Out Smells
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The Smellicopter: An Obstacle-Avoiding Drone that Uses Live Moth Antenna to Seek Out Smells

An autonomous flying drone called the Smellicopter uses a live antenna from a moth to navigate toward smells.

Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design
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Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design

A rethink of home design may be needed to accommodate remote drone delivery, which could reconfigure entire neighborhoods to establish designated drone airspace...

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.

Seeing Past Copper
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Seeing Past Copper

Optical interconnects take aim at Moore’s law.

Google's AI Can Keep Loon Balloons Flying for Over 300 Days in a Row
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Google's AI Can Keep Loon Balloons Flying for Over 300 Days in a Row

An artificially intelligent pilot can keep huge stratospheric balloons aloft in a fixed position for hundreds of days to operate as floating cell towers for remote...

Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen
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Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Oliver Wilson at the U.K.'s University of Reading has created a platform for three-dimensionally printing oversized models of pollen grains from high-quality scans...

New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt
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New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

Micro Magic's new CPU offers decent performance with record-breaking efficiency.
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