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'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs
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'Blind' Robot Successfully Navigates Stairs

A "blind" bipedal robot trained in a simulator by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers can negotiate varying terrain, including the climbing of stairs.

Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo
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Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo

Researchers at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed a wireless, nose-worn device that can enable directional smell using tiny electrical impulses...

Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers
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Shape-Shifting Computer Chip Thwarts Hackers

A secure new computer processor thwarts hackers by randomly changing its underlying structure, making it virtually impossible to hack.

The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter
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The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter

New financial trading algorithms promise quantum- computer performance improvements over classical computers within 5-10 years, rather than 10-20.

Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
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Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done

A new algorithm aims to foster cooperation between information-gathering robot teams.

Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze
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Intel's Cryogenic Chip Shows It Can Control Qubits Even in a Deep Freeze

Intel's researchers have proven that Horse Ridge could be used to control qubits directly next to the quantum processor.

An Automated Box on Wheels—with Personality
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An Automated Box on Wheels—with Personality

People find boxy talking robots humorous and engaging, which may make robotic technology more acceptable in everyday life.

Precise Touchscreens, Thanks to AI
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Precise Touchscreens, Thanks to AI

A new artificial intelligence technique more precisely estimates where a finger touches a mobile phone screen, to reduce typing errors.

 The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue
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The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue

'The AV industry has promised too much for too long, and has delivered too little'

Light Emitters Developed for Quantum Circuits
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Light Emitters Developed for Quantum Circuits

Researchers at Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed integrated chips that can produce light particles on demand at room temperature.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Quantum Simulator Beats Quantum Hardware
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Quantum Simulator Beats Quantum Hardware

Toshiba's quasi-quantum optimization algorithm on Microsoft's Azure cloud outperforms today's fledgling quantum computer speeds.

Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

Intel Says It Has Solved a Key Bottleneck in Quantum Computing
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Intel Says It Has Solved a Key Bottleneck in Quantum Computing

Intel and QuTech say they've demonstrated the first instance of high-fidelity two-qubit control using Intel's Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip.

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement
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Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement

A unique scaffolding material for engineered tissues can be altered to grow natural tissue.

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles
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'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles

Computer scientists have designed a shoe with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles and emit vibrations to warn blind and visually impaired wearers.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing
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IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM has unveiled what it is calling the world's first 2-nanometer chipmaking technology.
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