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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...

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.

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.

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.

Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip
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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Toshiba researchers have developed a secure quantum communication system.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms
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Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms

Microsoft’s DeepMC framework uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict local weather.

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail
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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.

Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM
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Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM

An international team of scientists has discovered that antiferromagnets could make computer memory significantly faster and more efficient.

Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut
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Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut

A new robotic insulin delivery system can be implanted surgically in the abdomen, and resupplied with insulin via swallowed magnetic capsules.

Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be
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Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be

A robotic eel designed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne can swim through water and receive sensory data while in motion.

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.
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