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Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?
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Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?

A new system can maintain network connections when optical fibers break by reconfiguring optical transmissions from damaged fibers to healthy ones.

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing
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No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing

It seems evaporated glass, chains of ions, and quantum stability go hand in hand.

How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?
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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier...

At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity
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At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

The tech giants also pledged to step up their efforts to address a dire talent shortage that has hampered efforts to counter hacking.

One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory
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One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory

A new device simultaneously stores and visually transmits data with a single semiconductor.

Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design
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Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have developed an adaptive algorithm to help optimize the design of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines.

DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo
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DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the hackers it invited to try to hack the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems all failed.

Turning the Tables into Touchscreens
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Turning the Tables into Touchscreens

Scientists built a touchscreen-like interface that can operate on any flat surface via a projector synchronized with a single camera.

Cutting 'Edge': A Tunable Neural Network Framework Towards Compact, Efficient Models
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Cutting 'Edge': A Tunable Neural Network Framework Towards Compact, Efficient Models

A sparse convolutional neural network framework and training algorithms can seamlessly integrate CNN models on low-power edge devices.

Life as a Logician
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Life as a Logician

Mathematician Martin Jackson is known for his work on Hilbert's Tenth Problem, among other things.

These Robots Can Move Your Couch
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These Robots Can Move Your Couch

University of Cincinnati engineers taught two robots to move a couch together without either robot directing the other.

U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand
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U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand

Notebooks turned in the best performance during the second quarter of 2021, while desktops saw a healthy rebound, says Canalys.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom
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The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom

Rapid adoption of robots and artificial intelligence, combined with a rebound in government investment, is making some economists optimistic.

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road
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For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

Investors have rushed into startups that promise to have big rigs drive themselves, but a path to commercial markets remains a major challenge.

Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control
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Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control

Engineers have constructed an inflatable neuroprosthetic hand that restored rudimentary sensation to an amputee's residual limb.

Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water
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Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water

New imaging and machine learning tools can analyze the genomic features of plant leaves as a means of increasing water-use efficiency for crops.
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