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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.

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

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

Robots Increase Gender Pay Gap Despite Raising Wages Overall
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Robots Increase Gender Pay Gap Despite Raising Wages Overall

U.K. researchers found that automation pushed up all wages on average, but widened the gender pay gap.

Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them
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Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them

Researchers have built a mobile wildfire simulation application that provides personalized evacuation routes to anyone in the path of a fire.

A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost
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A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost

Researchers at Austria's University of Vienna have accelerated machine learning using a quantum trick involving photons.

AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success
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AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success

Artificial intelligence has achieved record high scores on videogames played on classic Atari consoles, by recalling previous successes.

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit
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AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

A prototype artificial intelligence developed by Colorado State University researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.

First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher
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First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher

Amazon researcher Aleksander Kubica won the world's first quantum chess tournament during the virtual Practical Quantum Computing (Q2B) conference.

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now
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A Lazy Fix 20 Years Ago Means the Y2K Bug Is Taking Down Computers Now

A glitch connected to the Y2K bug addressed two decades ago is crashing payment systems and computers, due to a poor fix.

Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency
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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks
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Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks

Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests new ways to prevent artificial intelligence from being visually deceived.

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.
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