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Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip
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Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

Italian robotic bartending systems developer Makr Shakr said its Bionic Bar system has been installed aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas cruise ship.

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR
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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate
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Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate

University of California, San Diego engineers have created a wearable device that continuously tracks monitor glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels simultaneously...

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball
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Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic
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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.

Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'
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Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk wants to investigate whether the number of bots on the platform is as low as the company claims—or is he looking for a way out?

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Wearable Technology for Plants
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Wearable Technology for Plants

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor for plant leaves that enables remote management of drought stress in gardens and farms.

How Smart Is AI After All These Years?
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How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

Virtual assistants seem to be great at retrieving facts, and absolutely terrible at giving advice as they have no common sense.

Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform
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Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Researchers created a new quantum bit (qubit) platform using frozen neon gas.

Unpacking Black-Box Models
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Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds
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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian...

Think Like a Computer
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Think Like a Computer

A pilot program designed in part by educators at South Dakota's Sanford Underground Research Facility is introducing computational thinking into elementary school...
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