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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...

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them
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Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them

Researchers at South Korea's Ajou University have built a highly dexterous robotic hand that can handle eggs gently, pour drinks, and crush aluminum cans.

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.

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves
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Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.

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.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

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.

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes
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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer
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Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

A quantum computer completed a calculation in 4.2 hours that would have taken a classical system thousands of years.

Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer
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Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai used a quantum computer to design a quantum bit that could power better quantum systems...

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI
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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.

City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built
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City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built

China has been running a city-wide quantum communications network in Hefei, the largest quantum network demonstration built to date, for almost three years.

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.

Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web
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Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web

Old Dominion University's Michael Nelson and colleagues have found that supposedly permanent digital Web archives could be lost.

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.
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