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Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs
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Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs

A research team is using computational methods to mine genetic information from extinct human ancestors to identify candidates for new antibiotics.

Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy
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Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy

Some teenagers are asking their schools to provide broader AI learning experiences.

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem
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Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem

They had to throw away most of what it produced, but there was gold among the garbage.

AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles
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AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich can predict new metamaterials that can be three-dimensional printed.

Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe
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Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe

Stolen genetic data leads to class action suit against the testing firm.

Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
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Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests

A.I. tools like ChatGPT did not boost the frequency of cheating in high schools, Stanford researchers say.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Turns Thoughts into Text
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AI Turns Thoughts into Text

A portable, non-invasive system can transform an individual's thoughts into text.

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh
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Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh

At the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, a replica of Vincent van Gogh chats with visitors, offering insights into his life and death.

AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It
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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It

There's limited evidence for health benefits so far; early work suggests no one-size-fits-all.

New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

The move is aimed at drawing $9 billion in corporate investment, as New York jockeys to host a new national semiconductor technology center.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem

North Carolina State University researchers are working to collect more realistic data on moral challenges in low-stakes traffic situations.

Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?
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Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?

The Biden administration has proposed a labeling system for artificial intelligence healthcare apps that aims to ensure their safety.

Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws
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Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws

In a landmark decision, Epic Games won its lawsuit against the search giant.

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga
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Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga

Apple takes preventative measures to protect its customers. Beeper claims Apple's latest move does just the opposite.

VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research
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VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research

Northwestern University researchers developed virtual reality goggles for mice.

This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go
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This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go

The eccentric pro-tech movement known as "Effective Accelerationism" wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.

E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules
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E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules

The agreement over the A.I. Act solidifies one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit the use of artificial intelligence.

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.
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