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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision
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Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200...

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages
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Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

A global shortage of computer chips has hit automakers worldwide, a problem compounded by spiking demand for new cars.

CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years
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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?
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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed,...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures
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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers...

Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day
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Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day

Two types of autonomous robot foresters developed by Estonia's University of Tartu and robot manufacturer Milrem are planting trees from Milrem's driverless ground...

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet
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Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet

Scientists are tapping tiny satellites developed by startups for research.

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021
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The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.

How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries
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How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research are using artificial intelligence and robots to design an organic redox-flow...

Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course
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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?

Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation
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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons with fidelity greater than 90%, paving the way...

Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices
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Hackers Exploit Backdoor Built Into Zyxel Devices

Niels Teusink, a researcher at Netherlands-based security firm Eye Control, found that hackers are attempting to exploit a backdoor built into several Zyxel device...

A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature
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A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature

An international team of more than 170 experts evaluated the opportunities and challenges facing the use of robotic technology for urban nature and green space....

How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19
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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.
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