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Getting Light-based Internet Right
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Getting Light-based Internet Right

Wireless Internet via light could well be a job for lasers, rather than LEDs.

Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips
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Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips

Apple unveiled three new Mac computers that use processors the company created itself, ending its reliance on Intel.

Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands
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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally-printed solar-powered bionic hand, to help amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa...

Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.
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Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.

The Silicon Valley pioneer long held it had to build its flagship chips in its own factories; then it hit the wall and is considering outsourcing—a milestone in...

A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads
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A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads

Engineers in Switzerland have developed a computer chip that combines logic operations and data storage in a single architecture.

Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?
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Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?

Researchers used biomimetic fish-like robots to demonstrate that fish save energy by swimming in schools without having to keep fixed distances from each other....

Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions
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Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

An international team of researchers modified long-range drones that collect data from active volcanoes, in order to better forecast eruptions.

Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics
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Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics

Researchers developed the Multimodal Transistor to produce efficient analog computation for robotic control, artificial intelligence, and unsupervised machine learning...

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.

Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19
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Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Heavy investment in robots helped many Japanese businesses manage an increase in online orders during the pandemic.

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations
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White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

The White Castle restaurant chain said it is expanding the use of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail system to more U.S. locations.

Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike
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Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

A team of researchers is imbuing animatronic robots with lifelike eye gaze.

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks
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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University used positive reinforcement to show a robot how to teach itself new tasks quickly.

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

Throwable Robot Car Always Lands on Four Wheels
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Throwable Robot Car Always Lands on Four Wheels

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy have developed robot that can be thrown or dropped and always lands the right way up.

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor
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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.

Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution
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Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Michigan have developed a technique for generating non-volatile computer memory using titanium...

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.
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