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Algorithm Identifies Plastic Particles in Bottled Water
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Algorithm Identifies Plastic Particles in Bottled Water

Columbia University researchers developed a new microscopy technique and algorithm to analyze the amount of nanoplastics in one-liter bottles of water.

Artificial Organs Evolve
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Artificial Organs Evolve

Crafting replacement parts for the human body.

Biorobotic Heart Helps Scientists Study Cardiac Function
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Biorobotic Heart Helps Scientists Study Cardiac Function

Researchers developed a biorobotic replica of the human heart to help scientists better understand cardiac function.  

Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms
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Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms

Robots increasingly are being deployed on farms in Japan amid an impending labor shortage.

Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires
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Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires

Technology increasingly is being used to predict and fight wildfires.

Google Search Technique Used by Police Draws Legal Challenge
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Google Search Technique Used by Police Draws Legal Challenge

Activists are challenging law enforcement's use of Google search data in solving criminal cases.

Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds
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Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, in a State of the State address on Jan. 9, proposed a consortium that would position the state as a leader in AI development.

Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich
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Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich

U.S. approval of spot bitcoin ETFs, a new way to track the price of bitcoin, could trigger a gold rush for investors.

The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips
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The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips

A U.S.-born chip technology called RISC-V has become critical to China's ambitions. Washington is debating whether and how to limit the technology.

Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash
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Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed an artificial skin that allows a robot to distinguish between inanimate objects and living sea creatures...

Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification
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Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification

Wi-Fi 7 has been finalized.

How Tech Automated the January 6 Investigations
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How Tech Automated the January 6 Investigations

Law enforcement increasingly is relying on technology to identify suspects.

The FTC Wants Your Help Fighting AI Vocal Cloning Scams
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The FTC Wants Your Help Fighting AI Vocal Cloning Scams

Judges will award $25,000 to the best idea on how to combat malicious audio deepfakes.

IBM Built the Biggest, Coolest Quantum Computer. Now Comes the Hard Part
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IBM Built the Biggest, Coolest Quantum Computer. Now Comes the Hard Part

New York's Thomas J. Watson Research Lab houses the world's largest quantum computer system, IBM's Quantum System Two.

Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems
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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems

Tesla is recalling nearly all the vehicles it has sold in China to update their computer software.

In the Race for AI Supremacy, China and the U.S. are Travelling on Entirely Different Tracks
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In the Race for AI Supremacy, China and the U.S. are Travelling on Entirely Different Tracks

Beijing set the goal of being the global AI leader by 2030, but that was before the emergence of ChatGPT.

AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History
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AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History

Artificial Intelligence helps us read the previously unreadable.

Dark Corners of the Web Offer a Glimpse at A.I.'s Nefarious Future
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Dark Corners of the Web Offer a Glimpse at A.I.'s Nefarious Future

In the hands of anonymous Internet users, A.I. tools can create waves of harassing and racist material. It's already happening on the anonymous message board 4chan...

Eye-Tracking Window Tech Tells Sightseers What They're Seeing
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Eye-Tracking Window Tech Tells Sightseers What They're Seeing

The AR Interactive Vehicle Display combines a transparent microLED panel with eye-tracking and GPS data to inform tour passengers of the sights they are seeing....

Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety
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Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety

Researchers at Google DeepMind created a "Robot Constitution" to ensure the safety of their newest robotic system.
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