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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia
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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia

The components may play a pivotal role in upcoming efforts to sanction the invading country, but it is unclear if those efforts will actually work.

Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data
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Toward a Stronger Defense of Personal Data

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed an integrated circuit chip that can thwart power side-channel attacks using less energy than...

Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo
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Robot Helps Dairy Workers Make Havarti, Danbo

A cheese robot created by Klavs Martin Sørensen at Denmark's University of Copenhagen is employed at Danish dairy company Arla to help with quality control.

Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out
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Is Our Universe a Holographic Projection? Scientists Use Black Holes, Quantum Computing to Find Out

What's inside a black hole? Quantum computers and deep learning may finally reveal clues.

Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language
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Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language

Keeping tabs on data entanglement keeps reins on buggy quantum code.

Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations
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Robot Fry Cook Gets Job at 100 White Castle Locations

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2 robot fry cook is being deployed in 100 White Castle fast food restaurants.

Accelerating AI
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Accelerating AI

Specialized hardware to boost the speed of machine learning also saves energy.

 IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy
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IonQ Teams with U.S. Department of Energy

IonQ and DoE are trying to create a stable, domestic pipeline for sourcing the barium qubits used in quantum processors built by IonQ.

Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?
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Is China's Lithium Quest Fuelled by Business or Politics?

South America contains more than half of the world's reserves of the critical metal that is used in batteries. China is looking for a bigger piece of the pie.

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.

The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?
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The World Needs What Intel Makes. Can It Make a Comeback?

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, the...

Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship
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Underwater Drones Dive to Start Search for Shackleton's Famed Ship

Explorers have started combing the Weddell Sea for Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, which sank in 1915.

Adaptive LED Headlights Get NHTSA Approval in the U.S.
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Adaptive LED Headlights Get NHTSA Approval in the U.S.

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a new rule permitting the use of adaptive LED headlights on U.S. roads.

Israel’s 'Microsoft of Quantum Computing' Makes Its Move
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Israel’s 'Microsoft of Quantum Computing' Makes Its Move

It is anticipated quantum computing will revolutionize military, economic, and technological affairs and the basis for encryption of the entire Internet.

Smartphone App Can Vibrate Single Drop of Blood to Determine How Well It Clots
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Smartphone App Can Vibrate Single Drop of Blood to Determine How Well It Clots

A new test uses a single drop of blood and a smartphone's vibration motor and camera to determine whether blood clots too easily, or not at all.

Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs
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Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs

There is little evidence of a pandemic-induced surge in automation.

Quantum Errors Made More Tolerable
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Quantum Errors Made More Tolerable

Physicists have demonstrated the ability to extend the longevity of quantum states and expand tolerance of quantum errors, both crucial to quantum computing.

Honeywell H1 Beats Classical System at Game Designed to Test Quantum Mechanics
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Honeywell H1 Beats Classical System at Game Designed to Test Quantum Mechanics

Researchers used a collaborative mathematical game to determine whether different systems demonstrated quantum mechanical properties.

Zuckerberg's Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build
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Zuckerberg's Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build

To achieve what metaverse boosters promise, experts believe nearly every kind of chip will have to be an order of magnitude more powerful than it is today.

Trying On Smart Clothes
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Trying On Smart Clothes

Smart clothing is coming into fashion.
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