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Why the chip shortage drags on and on… and on

EnlargeBloomberg | Getty Images The semiconductor industry lives at the cutting edge of technological progress. So why can’t it churn out enough...

This intrepid robot is the Wall-E of the deep sea

Enlarge / With extra-wide tracks and a bunch of other clever features, the Benthic Rover II can roam the seafloor for years at a...

Tagalong robots follow you to learn where you go

EnlargePiaggio Fast Forward When Amazon introduced its home robot Astro earlier this year, it first showcased the robot following behind a person....

Microplastics may be cooling—and heating—Earth’s climate

Enlarge / Thought climate change was already complicated? Now scientists have to consider the influence of tiny bits of atmospheric plastic.Sanka Vidanagama | Getty...

These virtual obstacle courses help real robots learn to walk

https://youtube.com/watch?v=8sO7VS3q8d0&start=0&wmode=transparent A clip from the simulation where virtual robots learn to climb steps. An army of more than 4,000 marching doglike robots is...

How to transfer save data from one Nintendo Switch to another

Enlarge / The new OLED Switch above its predecessor.Sam Machkovech Your Nintendo Switch is loaded up with precious game save data, not...

A new formula may help black patients’ access to kidney care

EnlargeGetty ImagesFor decades, doctors and hospitals saw kidney patients differently based on their race. A standard equation for estimating kidney function applied a correction for...

Fire weather is getting worse in the American West

EnlargeKyle Monoon | Mercury News | GettyCalifornia is famous for its beach weather, but it's also growing increasingly infamous for its "fire weather," which is...

A new app helps Iranians hide messages in plain sight

Enlarge / An anti-government graffiti that reads in Farsi "Death to the dictator" is sprayed at a wall north of Tehran on September 30, 2009....

Google is getting caught in the antitrust net

EnlargeNurPhoto | GettyBeing a global company has its perks. There’s a lot of money to be made overseas. But the biggest US tech companies are...

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