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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.

Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant
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Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant

Korean giant picks Taylor, just outside existing Austin base.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future
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Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future

Two robot waiters serve diners at the White Fox restaurant in Mosul, Iraq.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit
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2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit

ACM has named a team of Chinese researchers to receive the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for simulating a random quantum circuit in real time on a  supercomputer. ...

Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business
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Ford, GM Step Into Chip Business

Detroit's two biggest car companies are looking to align with computer chip makers to develop and potentially manufacture chips.

IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years
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IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years

IBM said new techniques for building the chip eventually will produce more qubits, when combined with advances in the quantum computer's refrigeration and control...

Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication
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Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication

The researchers resolved a long-standing challenge in quantum optics.

Ford Steps Into the Chips Business
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Ford Steps Into the Chips Business

The automaker and GlobalFoundries have agreed to develop, and potentially produce, semiconductors in U.S. under a strategic pact.

Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City
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Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City

California drone startup Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare to deliver medicine and other supplies to its Salt Lake City...

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing
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Boston Startup Says It Made a Quantum Leap in Computing

QuEra's new technology comes from researchers at Harvard and MIT.

Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022
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Trends in Industrial Robotics to Watch in 2022

Worker shortages continue, even as employment subsidies fall off. As the economy recovers, certain jobs are being permanently replaced by collaborative robots. ...

Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program
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Apple to Launch Self-Service Repair Program

Apple noted the program is "intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices."

Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery
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Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery

Researchers in Japan used the world's most powerful astronomical supercomputer to simulate a planet moving away from its initial formation site.

UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five
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UCI Invention Lets People Pay with a High-Five

A battery-free body area network integrates advanced metamaterials into flexible textiles to facilitate communication between garments and nearby devices.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

The Chip That Changed the World
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The Chip That Changed the World

Most of the wealth created since 1971 is a result of Intel's 4004 microprocessor.

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...
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