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Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals
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Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals

Researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have "jailbroke" popular large language model (LLM) chatbots.

Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip
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Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip

Researchers at Australia's University of Sydney combined a photonic filter and modulator on a chip to enable the precise detection of signals across a wide band...

NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research
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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research

In work related to advancing self-flying capabilities for air taxis, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line...

Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks
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Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks

A programmable network model developed by scholars from Cornell University and the Open University of the Netherlands offers the ability to customize packet scheduling...

Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving
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Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving

Mercedes-Benz has received approval to add external turquoise blue lights to its vehicles that indicate when they are in self-driving mode.

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers
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Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers

About 20,000 Ukrainians have had amputations since the war with Russia started in February 2022. Some were able to receive bionic prostheses.

National Lab Works to Cap, Reduce Carbon
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National Lab Works to Cap, Reduce Carbon

Argonne National Laboratory will use supercomputers to help companies advance clean energy technologies with ultra-fidelity simulations and data analysis.

Epigenomics Now
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Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?
From Communications of the ACM

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?

Generative artificial intelligence and the law: there is no turning back.

Wayfinding Without GPS
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Wayfinding Without GPS

Quantum entanglement provides a new direction in navigation.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
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SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests
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Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed a method for tracing the smuggling routes of pangolins using DNA tests.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.

The Greatest Degree Program Ever
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The Greatest Degree Program Ever

Georgia Tech is among the most employer-connected, industry-aligned universities in the country with growing enrollments at every level.

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
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Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism
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Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

Researchers have demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year
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Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year

Researchers have developed a neuromorphic supercomputer than can perform 228 trillion synaptic operations per second.

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS
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Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS

Researchers used reinforcement learning to improve the ability of uncrewed underwater vehicles to navigate without GPS.

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
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Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.
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