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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions
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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments...

How TikTok Reads Your Mind
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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future
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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.

Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot
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Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Surveillance robot could help reduce disease spread and also aid contact tracing.

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans
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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack
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Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say
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World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say

The C-shaped parent xenobots collect and compress loose stem cells together into piles which can mature into offspring.

Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies
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Biometrics, Smartphones, Surveillance Cameras Pose New Obstacles for U.S. Spies

U.S., rivals seek ways to adapt spycraft to a changing world; being on the grid can blow your cover, but so can staying off

AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells
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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells

A team of researchers combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence to identify previously unknown components of human cells.

AI Helps Craft New Beers
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AI Helps Craft New Beers

Machine learning and neural networks can help manage the recipes for new beers, and predict how they will taste.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions
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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon
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Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon

Even Amazon's new AI-powered machines aren't nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

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.

My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics
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My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics

Severely quadriplegic Henry Evans has beta-tested robots as part of a 20-year collaboration with healthcare roboticist Charlie Kemp.

Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.
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