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Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers
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Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers

Physicists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology measured and controlled a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) with optical fiber.

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving
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Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

A support system to help the visually impaired navigate tactile paving includes an image processing algorithm to make paving detection independent of color thresholds...

New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker
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New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

The Bank of England has unveiled a new £50 banknote featuring pioneering mathematician, code-breaker, and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data
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BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data

A group of technology trade associations are calling on the Biden Administration to prioritize open data policies, and to appoint a federal Chief Data Officer. ...

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First
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Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but it will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line
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Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line

Scientists have engineered a predictive model and closed-loop controller for a soft swimming robot.

Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI
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Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI

Human rights groups are worried about a potential "digital dictatorship" in Myanmar due to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor citizens' movements.

Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study
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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study

Researchers in Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.

Molecular Simulations Uncover How Kinase Mutations Lead to Cancer Progression
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Molecular Simulations Uncover How Kinase Mutations Lead to Cancer Progression

New molecular models can help researchers understand kinase mutations' mechanism of cancerous progression.

Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools
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Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools

Researchers are using a new sensor system to remotely monitor freshwater mussels, as a means of detect harmful toxins in the waters in which they live.

Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
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Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap

The nascent quantum industry is calling on higher education to begin preparing a quantum workforce with a broader, less specialized range of technical skills.

Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
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Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal

A recent paper set the fastest record for multiplying two matrices. But it also marks the end of the line for a method researchers have relied on for decades to...

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size
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Newly-Wormable Windows Botnet Ballooning in Size

Researchers say a botnet targeting Windows devices is expanding, due to a new infection method that lets malware spread between computers with weak passwords.

Control System Helps Several Drones Team Up to Deliver Heavy Packages
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Control System Helps Several Drones Team Up to Deliver Heavy Packages

A new adaptive control algorithm helps unmanned aerial vehicles collaborate to deliver heavy parcels.

Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought
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Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought

Researchers have developed a method of predicting a monkey's intended eye or hand movements using ultrasound imaging.

Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets
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Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets

Researchers said a technique called Polymer Substrate Fingerprinting could be used to identify the unique, unclonable “fingerprints” of Bank of England banknotes...

New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says
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New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says

The White House is leading an interagency effort focused on software development that will determine federal procurement of information technology.
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