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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected STEM Pay and Job Prospects?
From ACM News

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected STEM Pay and Job Prospects?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bumpy ride for many sectors, but a New Scientist Jobs/SRG survey shows science and tech have weathered the storm better than most...

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
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Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...

Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water
From ACM TechNews

Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water

Vibrations from a smartphone's ringtone can be used to measure a liquid's viscosity, according to researchers at China's Shenzhen University.

Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024
From ACM TechNews

Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024

Researchers at China's Tsinghua University predicted Chinese bitcoin mining will emit roughly 130 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere by 2024.

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor
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Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.
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