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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin
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Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin

Bitcoin is theoretically vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, but calculations show they would need to be a million times larger than those that exist today...

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages
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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots...

Robot Plays Table Tennis After 90 Minutes of Training
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Robot Plays Table Tennis After 90 Minutes of Training

Researchers developed a computer simulation that taught a virtual robot arm outfitted with a table tennis racket how to return virtual ping pong balls.

Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones
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Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones

Artificial intelligence-equipped cameras have spotted more than 270,000 drivers using phones while driving in New South Wales, Australia, since March 2020.

DeepMind AI Helps Study Strange Electrons in Chemical Reactions
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DeepMind AI Helps Study Strange Electrons in Chemical Reactions

Strange fractional electrons are crucial to many chemical reactions, but traditional methods cannot model them, a problem DeepMind used machine learning to fix....

3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs
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3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs

A “living ink” made entirely from bacterial cells can be used in a three-dimensional printer to create structures that discharge drugs or absorb toxins.

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third
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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps
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Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps

Researchers at George Washington University say they have built a tool that would allow users to expose fake news without endangering their privacy. The Fuzzy Anonymous...

AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges
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AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

A computer model developed by researchers at New York’s University of Albany can determine whether an image of a face is a deepfake by examining its pupils.

Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store
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Google Can Take Two Months to Remove Malware Apps from App Store

It takes an average of 77 days from detection for Google to remove apps that may contain malware from the Google Play Store, accoriding to a recent analysis.

AI Carpenter Can Recreate Furniture From Photos
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AI Carpenter Can Recreate Furniture From Photos

An algorithm developed by University of Washington researchers can render photos of wooden objects into three-dimensional models with enough detail to be replicated...

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack
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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too...

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros
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Water-Powered Robotic Hand Can Play Super Mario Bros

University of Maryland researchers used three-dimensional printing to produce a water-controlled robotic hand capable of completing the first level of the computer...

Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread
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Banning Extreme Views on YouTube Really Does Help Stop Their Spread

The results of a study indicated that banning people who espouse extreme views from YouTube shrinks their audience.

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities
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Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities

Researchers created a secure quantum link extending 511 kilometers (almost 320 miles) between two Chinese cities.

Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches
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Autonomous Walking Excavator Can Build Walls, Dig Trenches

A walking construction vehicle can operate autonomously on rough terrain, thanks to a team of Swiss-German engineers.
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