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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's
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3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

A team of researchers has created customizable, three-dimensionally-printed acoustic holograms that could be used to treat diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's...

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.

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Drones, ML Help Reveal the Scale of Plastic Pollution
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Drones, ML Help Reveal the Scale of Plastic Pollution

Researchers at Japan's University of Tsukuba combined flying drones and machine learning to map plastic pollution in river habitats.

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.

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.

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.

Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits
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Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Cooling speeds up electrons in bacterial nanowires.

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.

Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects
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Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects

New York University researchers found labeling the credibility of information sources may improve the online news consumption to a limited degree.

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.

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.

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool
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Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

A reinforcement learning algorithm aims to speed up materials discovery by modeling material properties at the atomic and molecular scale.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem
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Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science proposed two methods for reducing the computational cost of bicycle sharing systems without impacting performance...

The Drones of War
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The Drones of War

Drone makers are donating, or selling at cost, unmanned aerial drones to Ukraine.

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.
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