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Mapping the Mind's Eye
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Mapping the Mind's Eye

Researchers used applied differential geometry to develop a framework to quantify retinotopic maps in V1, one of 14 areas of the brain devoted to visual processing...

AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Research by neuroscientists suggests the latest predictive language models' underlying mechanism functions similarly to the human brain's language-processing centers...

Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge
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Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The teams behind the real and virtual robots named as winners shared a total of  $5 million in prize money.

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups
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Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups

Technology giants like Microsoft that have set up operations in Kenya are poaching talent from local startups.

Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes
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Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes

Researchers have enhanced computer modeling to better predict the lift and drag of an airplane's structure, without slowing the speed of calculation.

Imaging System Captures Text From Barely Open Books
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Imaging System Captures Text From Barely Open Books

A new imaging methodology developed by the University of Rochester's Gregory Heyworth and colleagues can capture text from extremely fragile books.

NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots
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NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots

NASA's Lunabotics Junior Contest offers students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design lunar-excavating robots.

Social Media, AI Can Measure Aesthetic Quality of Landscapes
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Social Media, AI Can Measure Aesthetic Quality of Landscapes

Researchers used deep learning to develop a model that can factor people's aesthetic enjoyment of a landscape into ecosystem service assessments.

How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas
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How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas

Just-in-time shipping is dead. Long live supply chains stress-tested with AI digital twins.

AI and Sustainability: Where Are We and What's Next?
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AI and Sustainability: Where Are We and What's Next?

Researchers are exchanging views and proposing solutions as questions around AI's environmental impact become more urgent.

Quantum-Encrypted Information Transmitted Over Fiber More Than 600 Km Long
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Quantum-Encrypted Information Transmitted Over Fiber More Than 600 Km Long

Researchers established secure quantum communication over 605 kilometers (375 miles) of fiber through a new signal stabilization method.

Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards
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Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards

Egyptian border agents have released a British-built robot after detaining it at customs for 10 days.

Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis
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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain
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Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain

A machine learning model can train itself to smell by building an artificial neural network that mimics the brain's odor-processing olfactory circuits.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
From Communications of the ACM

Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.
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