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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.

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs
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Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.

Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time
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Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

An international team of researchers has modeled digital twins of diseases, in order to improve diagnosis and treatment.

Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs
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Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a tracking system to monitor the migration of monarch butterflies to specific mountain peaks in central Mexico...

Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits
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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and Pony.ai to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.

Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails
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Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

An Advanced Persistent Threat gang discovered by researchers at security company Mandiant is penetrating corporate networks to steal Exchange emails from those...

Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries
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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.

High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm
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High Schooler Invented Low-Cost, Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm

Virginia high school senior Benjamin Choi designed a thought-controlled robotic arm, then three-dimensionally printed the first model in small pieces, and assembled...

Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science
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Using Desserts to Decode Computer Science

Scientists at Australia's Monash University have developed a computer science learning framework that uses food to teach fundamental computing concepts.

Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building
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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about...
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