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Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers
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Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers

A collaboration between researchers has yielded a scheme to boost quantum computers' speed and efficiency.

Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers
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Complaint to FTC Claims Amazon Search Results Full of Ads 'Unlawfully Deceiving' Consumers

More than a quarter of Amazon search results are paid ads, according to the complaint filed by a coalition of labor unions.

Wave Goodbye to Window Washers
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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Robots are taking their jobs.

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack
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Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.

Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development
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Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development

Baidu has licensed its algorithm for messenger RNA sequencing to Sanofi SA, the Chinese tech giant's first commercial deal with a global drugmaker.

Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones
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Researchers Find Security Flaw Affecting 37% of Smartphones

Researchers at Check Point Research have identified security flaws in the audio digital signal processor used in MediaTek's system-on-chip products.

One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb
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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb

Spiderwebs inspired researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions
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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
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The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
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What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery
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Supercomputer Simulations Provide Clue to Missing Planets Mystery

Researchers in Japan used the world's most powerful astronomical supercomputer to simulate a planet moving away from its initial formation site.

Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease
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Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease

A new system can enable robotic hands to handle more than 2,000 different objects.

Making Sense With Biology
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Making Sense With Biology

Hybrid systems enhance the capabilities of electronics with biologics.

The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social
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The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social

Tech titans and upstarts alike are working to deepen our relationships with their robots.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers
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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.
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