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Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers
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Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers

Researchers at Microsoft say they have created elusive quasiparticles called Majorana zero modes–but scientists outside the company are skeptical.

Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water
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Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, developed a robot gardener that can grow plants as capably as humans, while saving more water.

Nuclear Transport Fleet Testing AI-Powered Sails
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Nuclear Transport Fleet Testing AI-Powered Sails

The U.K.'s fleet for transporting spent nuclear fuel aims to retrofit the ships with artificial intelligence-driven sails to reduce fuel costs and emissions.

Unleashing Photonic Computing Potential Through Artificial 'Life'
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Unleashing Photonic Computing Potential Through Artificial 'Life'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have used optical hardware for cellular automata, implementing computer models with evolving behaviors in...

Biden Administration Taps Google Chair for Chip Research Effort
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Biden Administration Taps Google Chair for Chip Research Effort

The White House chose Alphabet chairman John Hennessy and four other technology industry experts to spearhead research and development of next-generation computer...

A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You
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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You

The Calico assistive robot developed by researchers at the University of Maryland can be worn on the user's clothes, where it runs along a track to perform various...

Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour
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Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour

Scientists from Google DeepMind evaluated the agility of quadripedal robots with a dog-agility-inspired course called Barkour.

Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats
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Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats

Executives of U.S. food and agriculture companies say they are collaboratively formalizing information-sharing to fortify themselves against escalating cybersecurity...

Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says
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Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says

A quantum computer came up with better answers to a physics problem than a conventional supercomputer.

Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans
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Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans

Scientists in China and Brazil are testing robotic dogs and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect invasive fire ant nests.

Optical-Grade Glass 3-D Printed at the Nanoscale
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Optical-Grade Glass 3-D Printed at the Nanoscale

Engineers have three-dimensionally-printed nanoscale optical-grade glass at low temperature using a new technique.

Fungal Architectures and Logical Bacteria
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Fungal Architectures and Logical Bacteria

The future of biocomputing.

Feds Tell Automakers Not to Comply with Mass. 'Right to Repair' Law
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Feds Tell Automakers Not to Comply with Mass. 'Right to Repair' Law

The state's right to repair law requires open access to telematics services.

Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires
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Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires

Backscattering-based nano-tattoo sensor tattoos can communicate with nearby devices without needing batteries or wires.

UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War
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UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War

Two United Nations-backed engineers are using advanced laser-scanning technology to digitally preserve historical sites in Ukraine as three-dimensional models. ...

Chattanooga Plants Quantum Seed
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Chattanooga Plants Quantum Seed

Chattanooga, TN, will open the first commercially available quantum network in the U.S. by the end of next month.

Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses
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Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses

Automation developers are building a new generation of humanoid machines meant to help fill labor gaps in logistics operations.

Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research
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Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina created a wrist-worn sensor that collects data on alcohol consumption less obtrusively...

Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device
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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device

University of Chicago researchers have confirmed the feasibility of building sound-based quantum computers.

Researchers 'Split' Phonons in Step Toward New Type of Quantum Computer
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Researchers 'Split' Phonons in Step Toward New Type of Quantum Computer

The power of quantum computers lies in the "weirdness" of the quantum realm.
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