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Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up
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Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers have developed a robot that can untie knotted cables using the grippers on its arms.

How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI
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How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

Artificial intelligence is being used to read and translate cuneiform, helping to recreate ancient libraries by piecing together fragmented tablets and predicting...

How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories
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How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories

Internet routing data for a service provider in Kherson shows traffic beginning to flow through Russian networks in May before fully transitioning by early June...

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?
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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.

Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers
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Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers

The White House credits the Act for spurring more than $44 billion in new manufacturing plans. But rebuilding the U.S. semiconductor industry will take years.

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.

Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?
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Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Stanford University researchers are exploring whether emerging foundation models can help to realize the highest level of privacy, or "perfect secrecy."

Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers
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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Researchers have found the operators of the Gootkit access-as-a-service malware now are using legal documents to get unsuspecting users to download them.

Streaming from the Future
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Streaming from the Future

A machine learning system can remove buildings from a live view on a mobile device, which could speed up the process of urban renewal.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Found in Space
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Found in Space

Using deep learning to identify and classify astronomically distant objects.

Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing
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Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Scientists have been experimenting with quantum gates based on different materials for some time, but the superpositions of the qubits can quickly degrade.

Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing
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Using AI to Control Digital Manufacturing

An international team of researchers taught a machine learning system with computer vision to monitor and control three-dimensional printing in real time.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work
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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

Former NASA roboticists who helped developed the Robonaut 2 astronaut assistant robot are part of a research team that has developed a deep-sea robot.

College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?
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College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?

This fall, students at 10 U.S. universities will attend metaversities, virtual reality (VR) platforms where educators and students wear VR headsets and interact...

Zooming In to Get the Full Picture
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Zooming In to Get the Full Picture

Scientists have built the most comprehensive single-cell map of embryo development in any animal to date, using the fruit fly as its model.

Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up
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Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up

As it reckons with supply chain vulnerabilities, the country is spending billions to revitalize domestic production and seeking to form a coalition with "like-minded"...

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise
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New Technique Brings Quantum Computers Closer to Their Promise

The work was notable because Quantinuum's error correction technology keeps logical qubits stable longer than conventional qubits.
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