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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor
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AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in "smart" computing capabilities.

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022
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Understanding Software Engineering Salaries in 2022

Online employment marketplace Hired's 2022 State of Software Engineers report found mounting cyberattacks last year raised demand for security engineers.

Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture
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Volunteers Scramble to Preserve Ukraine's Digital Culture

More than 1,300 volunteers are working to preserve Ukraine's digital culture.

Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers
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Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers

A team of multi-institutional scientists has developed a single-fiber acoustic sensor that can transform fabrics into microphones and speakers.

Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom
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Surfing the Metaverse's Real Estate Boom

High prices have pushed some toward collective ownership, but the future of virtual properties is uncertain.

Starfall: Finding a Meteorite with Drones and AI
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Starfall: Finding a Meteorite with Drones and AI

Neural network used to spot a space rock in the Australian outback.

12 Graphs That Explain the State of AI in 2022
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12 Graphs That Explain the State of AI in 2022

The 2022 AI Index talks jobs, investments, ethics, and more.

To Catch a Falling Satellite
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To Catch a Falling Satellite

Researchers lean on NASA Astrobee robots to try to contain and stabilize out-of-control satellites.

'Spooky Action' Could Help Boost Quantum Machine Learning
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'Spooky Action' Could Help Boost Quantum Machine Learning

Quantum entanglement could help clear a path toward quantum machine learning

Deep Learning Toolbox Now Apparently Includes Ground-Up Glass
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Deep Learning Toolbox Now Apparently Includes Ground-Up Glass

Scientists suggest ground-up pieces of glass could help in securely encrypting facial images via a new optical cryptosystem.

Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language
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Meet Twist: MIT's Quantum Programming Language

Keeping tabs on data entanglement keeps reins on buggy quantum code.

E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey
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E-Nose Sniffs Out the Good Whiskey

New research describes an electronic nose that can analyze whiskies and identify a whiskey’s brand with over 95% accuracy after a single whiff.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Creating Text Out of Thin Air
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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured...

Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground
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Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed a robot that moves like an inchworm and can make its way between horizontal and vertical planes...

Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance
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Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance

A performance called FOREST is exploring trust through creative collaboration.
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