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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars
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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars

Scientists created a real-time endoscopic neurosurgery guidance method similar to the navigational technologies used in autonomous cars.

A Softer Approach to Robotics
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A Softer Approach to Robotics

Soft robots are moving from the research lab to the real world.

Mathematicians Find 12,000 Solutions for Three-Body Problem
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Mathematicians Find 12,000 Solutions for Three-Body Problem

Mathematicians have identified 12,392 new stable orbital arrangements for three objects as allowed by Isaac Newton's laws of motion, also known as the three-body...

As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...

Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression
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Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression

Scientists in South Korea compared a custom robotic system developed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil placement to traditional manual methods in...

New Codes Could Make Quantum Computing 10 Times More Efficient
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New Codes Could Make Quantum Computing 10 Times More Efficient

Quantum computing is still really, really hard. But the rise of a powerful class of error-correcting codes suggests that the task might be slightly more feasible...

Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System
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Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System

A new device combines ultra-thin two-dimensional semiconductors and ferroelectric materials, with the goal of integrating digital logic and brain-inspired analog...

New Route to a Quantum Internet
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New Route to a Quantum Internet

Researchers have developed a method for connecting quantum devices over long distances that involves sending telecom-ready light emitted from a single ion implanted...

'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers
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'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers

Researchers at Cornell and Brown universities found that wearers of augmented reality or smart glasses hold certain advantages, according to non-wearers.

Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential
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Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential

The U.K.'s National Quantum Computing Centre recently held its second quantum hackathon at the University of Birmingham,

A New Protocol to Reliably Demonstrate Quantum Computational Advantage
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A New Protocol to Reliably Demonstrate Quantum Computational Advantage

This protocol relies on mid-circuit measurements and a cryptographic technique.

Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages
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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages

South Koreans are anxious over a flood of cheap Chinese robot waiters amid labor shortages, population declines, and growing rivalry with Chinese technology firms...

UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Use AI to Accelerate Computing Speed by Thousands of Times
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UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Use AI to Accelerate Computing Speed by Thousands of Times

Their development Scalene, an open-source tool for dramatically speeding up the programming language Python, circumvents issues limiting computer processing speed...

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers
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Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers

A post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithm developed by researchers at Google and Switzerland's ETH Zurich enables quantum-resistant encryption for FIDO2 security...

Shining a Light on the Dark Web
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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

How the Dark Web continues to operate, and why law enforcement will not shut it down anytime soon.

The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here
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The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here

Ships without crews. Self-directed drone swarms. How a U.S. Navy task force is using off-the-shelf robotics and artificial intelligence to prepare for the next...

Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors
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Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors

Scientists at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have formulated a "minimal manual guidance" model to train robots to learn how to open doors and dishwashers.
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