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Lizard-Like Robot for Mars Exploration
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Lizard-Like Robot for Mars Exploration

A lizard-inspired robot could be used to improve existing rover models for navigating Mars-like terrain.

Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems
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Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems

University of Alabama student researchers have built and deployed drones as part of coastal conservation efforts.

Tech Speeds Quantum Circuit Computation in Quantum Simulator
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Tech Speeds Quantum Circuit Computation in Quantum Simulator

Using a quantum simulator they developed, researchers at Fujitsu have determined how to  boost the computational speed of quantum-classical hybrid algorithms by...

U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports
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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports

The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced...

Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies
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Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies

Robotics researchers are using large language models (LLMs) to skirt preprogramming limits.

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting
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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting

Employees at U.K. house-clearing firm Just Clear found two Q1 microcomputers, considered the first single-microchip PC, while clearing out a property in December...

'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation
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'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation

More than 400 AI experts and executives from various industries signed an open letter calling for increased regulation of deepfakes.

Service Robots Roll Forward
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Service Robots Roll Forward

Transitioning from classic 'programmed automation' to modern 'AI-powered autonomy.'

The Battle to Mitigate E-Waste
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The Battle to Mitigate E-Waste

As electronic waste grows by the metric ton, companies and citizens work to stem the tide.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

Digital scent technologies bring aromas to virtual reality.

In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth
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In Memoriam: Niklaus Wirth

The overriding philosophy of computing pioneer Niklaus Wirth, who died on January 1, 2024, was that systems should be simple, efficient, and "elegant."

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets
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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Brain-computer interfaces are helping researchers learn more about brain anatomy.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Defending the Business
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Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play
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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move...
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