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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors
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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

A team of scientists in Japan has developed a multitasking weather sensor that measures rain volumes and wind speeds.

Always Improving Performance
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Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning
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A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning

Kernel methods clarify why neural networks generalize so well.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
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Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Immersion Cooling Heats Up
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Immersion Cooling Heats Up

Depending on climate conditions, the availability of renewables and other factors, immersion cooling can make a profound difference in both energy consumption and...

Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates
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Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates

Researchers have created the fastest logic gate to date, powered by laser-generated ultrafast bursts of electricity.

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing
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Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health.

Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis
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Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis

Forget your water-cooled PC — this one runs on pond scum.

Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race
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Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race

Intel has disclosed more information about the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) standard.

Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid
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Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid

U.S. and German physicists have validated single crystals of cerium zirconium pyrochlore as a three-dimensional quantum spin liquid.

What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  

Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip
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Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

Italian robotic bartending systems developer Makr Shakr said its Bionic Bar system has been installed aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas cruise ship.

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits
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Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Cooling speeds up electrons in bacterial nanowires.

Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool
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Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool

Discovery reveals the role of oxygen impurities in semiconductor properties.

Wearable Technology for Plants
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Wearable Technology for Plants

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor for plant leaves that enables remote management of drought stress in gardens and farms.

Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform
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Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Researchers created a new quantum bit (qubit) platform using frozen neon gas.
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