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AI Deepfakes Spread Disinformation in Slovak Elections
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AI Deepfakes Spread Disinformation in Slovak Elections

Disinformation spread over social media in the run-up to the Slovak elections that took place over the weekend, with videos featuring artificial intelligence (AI)...

Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk
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Wearable Device Data Links Reduced Sleep, Activity in Pregnancy to Premature Birth Risk

Scientists have associated a lack of sleep and reduced physical activity during pregnancy with the risk of premature birth.

Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses
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Multi-Purpose Robot Changes Shape for Different Uses

A tetrahedron-shaped robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Bristol features flexible piping that allows it to alter its shape, size, and movements...

MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves
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MilliMobile Self-Driving Robot Is Powered by Light, Radio Waves

The self-driving, four-wheeled MilliMobile robot created by University of Washington researchers draws power from ambient light or radio waves, and can travel 10...

Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing
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Procyon Photonics — The High School-Run Startup That Could Revolutionize Computing

Procyon believes it might be possible to run ChatGPT's large language model neural networks on their hardware.

Three iOS 0-Days Used to Infect iPhone
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Three iOS 0-Days Used to Infect iPhone

Researchers said Apple has corrected a series iOS zero-day flaws used to infect Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Eltantawy's iPhone with Predator spyware. ...

AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS
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AI Is Policing the Package Theft Beat for UPS

UPS and other large logistics companies are rolling out technology to curtail porch piracy.

Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing
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Researchers Advance Topological Superconductors for Quantum Computing

Researchers developed a new material system that combines a superconductor and a topological insulator with the goal of making more robust qubits.

Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage
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Wearable Optical Device Shows Promise for Detecting Postpartum Hemorrhage

A wearable optical device developed by Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) researchers can detect postpartum hemorrhage early.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation
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E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

Fighting Impersonation by AI
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Fighting Impersonation by AI

Finding ways to determine whether a voice message is real or generated by an artificial intelligence.

These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased
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These New Tools Could Make AI Vision Systems Less Biased

Two new papers from Sony and Meta describe novel methods to make bias detection fairer.

Inflation Bites U.S. Engineering Salaries
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Inflation Bites U.S. Engineering Salaries

The IEEE-USA 2023 Salary and Benefits Survey indicates U.S. engineering salary growth lagged inflation for the second consecutive year, marking the first multiyear...

Scientists Closer to Finding a Test for Long COVID
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Scientists Closer to Finding a Test for Long COVID

A multi-institutional team of scientists may have discovered biomarkers of long COVID that could lay the groundwork for a diagnostic test.

Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station
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Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station

The New York Police Department has deployed a nearly 400-pound "fully autonomous outdoor security robot" in Times Square's subway station as a test run.

Getting Audio from Still Images, Silent Videos
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Getting Audio from Still Images, Silent Videos

A machine learning tool developed at Northeastern University can obtain audio from still images and muted videos.

Europe at Forefront of 3D Printing Boom over Last Decade
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Europe at Forefront of 3D Printing Boom over Last Decade

The European Patent Office found that over the last decade, patent applications for three-dimensional printing technology rose eight times faster than all technology...

Cyborg Cockroach Can Navigate a Maze
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Cyborg Cockroach Can Navigate a Maze

Researchers have developed a method of creating cyborg cockroaches for use in search-and-rescue missions or building inspections that does not injure them.

Blinding the Watchman
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Blinding the Watchman

Internet constellations could thwart killer asteroid discovery algorithms.

Why NASA Is Sending National Secrets to the Moon
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Why NASA Is Sending National Secrets to the Moon

NASA will work with startup Lonestar plus the Isle of Man to send a data payload to the Moon next February to assess lunar-based backup storage as part of the Artemis...
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