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What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science
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What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science

The first successful delivery of a human donor lung by aerial drone in Toronto, Canada, has implications for the future of transplant science.

Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue
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Cyborg Technology Analyzes Functional Maturation of Stem-Cell Derived Heart Tissue

A "cyborg" technique developed by Harvard University researchers can monitor the functional maturation of heart tissue using nanoelectronics.

Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California
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Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California

The Saildrone Surveyor unmanned surface vehicle has completed the mapping of the previously uncharted ocean floor off the Alaska and California coasts.

Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

The researchers demonstrated the technique is scalable at the wafer level, which would make it an attractive option for future quantum computing.

VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events
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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

Ohio State University said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically...

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Morris Tanenbaum, Who Helped Put Silicon in Microchips, Dies at 94
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Morris Tanenbaum, Who Helped Put Silicon in Microchips, Dies at 94

AT&T chemist found a better way to make transistors and helped manage the phone company's breakup.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers
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Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory of the U.K.'s University of the West of England focuses on developing chemical or living computers that can interface with...

The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up
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The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up

Robotics companies aim to create machines like startup Figure's just-unveiled Figure 01 bipedal humanoid robot to take on manual labor currently performed by humans...

How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients
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How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients

Artificial intelligence is enhancing physicians' diagnostic abilities to better identify patients who might be vulnerable to certain ailments.

Building a Computer With a Single Atom
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Building a Computer With a Single Atom

New studies broaden the perspectives on what constitutes a "computer" and how small a computational unit can be.

Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects
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Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have combined computer vision and wireless perception into X-AR, an augmented reality (AR) headset that can visualize...

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat
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Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat

Wilson's prototype "airless" basketball debuted during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities.

Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots
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Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots

Hackers leverage IoT, IIoT vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to cobots.

Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders
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Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders

Scientists at China's Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong universities have engineered a "graphene-based intelligent, wearable artificial throat"patch that can amplify...

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...
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