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Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms
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Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms

Startup Palmear has developed a device that uses acoustic artificial intelligence to identify early signs of red palm weevil infestations of date palm trees.

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

A solution for this problem may be found in an exotic version of a qubit known as a topological qubit.

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.

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards
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Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of the West of England, Bristol used the mat of cells that form on top when brewing kombucha to develop flexible electric circuit...

NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack
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NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack

The NSA's 'Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network' guide provides remote workers with advice on how to protect against online threats.

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing
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Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing

Google's team said it had demonstrated that a system using error-correcting code can detect and fix errors without affecting the information.

MXenes Shield EMI, More
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MXenes Shield EMI, More

Feather-light yet providing near-total shielding capability, MXenes effectively conduct electricity, tune frequencies, and enhance the integrity of communications...

Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI
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Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI

The company had a change of heart after "lobotomizing" its AI.

A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool
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A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool

A wireless technique enables a super-cold quantum computer to send and receive data without generating too much error-causing heat.

Virtual Influencers in the Real World
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Virtual Influencers in the Real World

We are increasingly engaging with these digital personalities, online and offline.

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient
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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient

Despite an uncertain outlook, corporations plan to continue investing in their digital projects — a source of stability for the economy.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."
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