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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...

Blinding the Watchman
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Blinding the Watchman

Internet constellations could thwart killer asteroid discovery algorithms.

Soft Robot Walks by Repeatedly Blowing Itself Up
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Soft Robot Walks by Repeatedly Blowing Itself Up

Researchers at Cornell University and Israel's Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have engineered a soft quadruped robot that locomotes via internal combustion...

Amazon Adapts Cashierless Tech for Clothing Stores
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Amazon Adapts Cashierless Tech for Clothing Stores

A new version of retail giant Amazon's Just Walk Out cashierless shopping technology for clothing vendors keeps track of apparel via radio-frequency identification...

Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter
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Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter

U.K.-based driverless car company Wayve has tapped chatbot technology to question its vehicles about their driving decisions.

How Scientists Are Cracking Historical Codes to Reveal Lost Secrets
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How Scientists Are Cracking Historical Codes to Reveal Lost Secrets

The DECRYPT project, a collaboration of linguists and computer scientists, aims to automate the process of cracking historical ciphers.

Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning
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Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning

Neuroscientists studied the behavior of mice in a learn-reward situation, with the aim of teaching the mice to turn a wheel left or right to receive a reward.

Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses
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Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses

Nanoscale meta-optics holds the promise of improved imaging while removing the bulges from smartphones.

How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

In a new report, scientists offer a list of measurable qualities that might indicate the presence of some presence in a machine.

See-Through Sensors Hide Eye-Tracking in Plain Sight
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See-Through Sensors Hide Eye-Tracking in Plain Sight

Semi-transparent image sensors could be incorporated into eyeglasses or curved windshields in front of a user's eyes, with their readout electronics positioned...

Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones
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Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones

Autonomous air taxis were demonstrated in Jerusalem, Israel, last week, taking off from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and flying over the city before landing back...

Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot
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Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot

Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Smart Lander for Investigation Moon probe with a small, spherical lunar explorer aboard.

Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches
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Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches

Safety officials at New York's Jones Beach are using drones to monitor for potential human-shark interactions.

Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars
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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars

Scientists created a real-time endoscopic neurosurgery guidance method similar to the navigational technologies used in autonomous cars.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance
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The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance

Google's search dominance is going on trial in the biggest U.S. antitrust case since a crackdown on Big Tech that started in 2019.

A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft
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A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft

The prevailing lesson of the Microsoft case, antitrust lawyers say, is that scrutiny from Washington can slow down a company, even when there are no grievous penalties...

AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship
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AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship

Argentine publicist Santiago Barros uses an app to produce images of what children taken from their parents during Argentina's military dictatorship might look...

A Softer Approach to Robotics
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A Softer Approach to Robotics

Soft robots are moving from the research lab to the real world.
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