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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
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How French Fiber Optic Cable Attacks Accentuate Critical Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Ciaran Martin, founding head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre and now an Oxford University professor, called the attacks "extraordinary" in a tweet....

Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024
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Intel CEO Sees Chip Shortage Lasting Into 2024

Semiconductor giant says quarterly sales fell amid sagging demand for lower-end laptops.

A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built
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A Heart-Pounding Supercar Aims to Upend How Cars Are Built

The Czinger 21C is made with 3D printers. "If he's successful," an analyst said, "it will be an earthquake for the industry."

DARPA: Safeguarding Data for Stronger Democracy
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DARPA: Safeguarding Data for Stronger Democracy

The agency is using emerging encryption techniques to protect data in transit, in storage, and during computation.

An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills
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An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine learning method that enables robots to acquire new skills using a handful of human examples...

Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order
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Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order

Stanford University researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing system that can construct objects in any order, instead of layer by layer.

Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws
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Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws

You can now access official manuals and parts, but for most people, the minimal savings won't be worth it.

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments
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Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments

Momentum and capital are building for startups developing chips that process data via light rather than wires.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program
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NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program

Start-up Beagle Technology addresses agricultural labor shortage and cost issues with new automated pruning technology for the wine industry.

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net
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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations
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Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Physics-informed machine learning is gaining attention, but suffers from training issues.

Raising Robovoices
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Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.
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