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CRISPR Tool Could Help Shred Viruses
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CRISPR Tool Could Help Shred Viruses

Rice University scientists have characterized the three-dimensional structure of one of the smallest known CRISPR-Cas13 systems for shredding or altering RNA.

3D Printer Makes Fast, Affordable Delivery of Post Office
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3D Printer Makes Fast, Affordable Delivery of Post Office

A new post office in Bengaluru, India, is the first in the world to be built using a three-dimensional (3D) printer.

Detect Quakes With 'Raspberry Shakes'
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Detect Quakes With 'Raspberry Shakes'

Raspberry Pi-based seismometers can supplement existing networks.

Men Overran a Job Fair for Women in Tech
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Men Overran a Job Fair for Women in Tech

The Grace Hopper Celebration is meant to unite women in tech. This year droves of men came looking for jobs.

Raspberry Pi Tracks Unseen Drones Using Sound
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Raspberry Pi Tracks Unseen Drones Using Sound

Researchers from the universities of Texas and Tennessee used Raspberry Pi computers to track unseen drones with sound.

Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot
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Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot

University of Texas at Austin's Siddarth Thakur developed a robot to assist firefighters.

ChatGPT Can Now Respond With Spoken Words
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ChatGPT Can Now Respond With Spoken Words

A newly released version of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot can interact with users vocally, as well as respond to images.

Cough Sound Analyzed to Identify the Severity of COVID-19 Patients
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Cough Sound Analyzed to Identify the Severity of COVID-19 Patients

A study identified cough characteristics that can help assess the severity of COVID-19 and enable long-term monitoring of patients with respiratory diseases.

Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry
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Building Up the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

U.S. chipmakers await monetary support from the government a year after supporting legislation was signed into law.

AI Deepfakes Spread Disinformation in Slovak Elections
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AI Deepfakes Spread Disinformation in Slovak Elections

Disinformation spread over social media in the run-up to the Slovak elections that took place over the weekend, with videos featuring artificial intelligence (AI)...

Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk
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Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk

Scientists have associated a lack of sleep and reduced physical activity during pregnancy with the risk of premature birth.

Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses
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Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses

A tetrahedron-shaped robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Bristol features flexible piping that allows it to alter its shape, size, and movements...

Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing
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Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing

Procyon believes it might be possible to run ChatGPT's large language model neural networks on their hardware.

Three iOS 0-Days Used to Infect iPhone
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Three iOS 0-Days Used to Infect iPhone

Researchers said Apple has corrected a series iOS zero-day flaws used to infect Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Eltantawy's iPhone with Predator spyware. ...

AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS
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AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS

UPS and other large logistics companies are rolling out technology to curtail porch piracy.

Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage
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Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage

A wearable optical device developed by Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) researchers can detect postpartum hemorrhage early.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation
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E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

Fighting Impersonation by AI
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Fighting Impersonation by AI

Finding ways to determine whether a voice message is real or generated by an artificial intelligence.

These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased
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These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased

Two new papers from Sony and Meta describe novel methods to make bias detection fairer.

Inflation Bites U.S. Engineering Salaries
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Inflation Bites U.S. Engineering Salaries

The IEEE-USA 2023 Salary and Benefits Survey indicates U.S. engineering salary growth lagged inflation for the second consecutive year, marking the first multiyear...
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