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3D-Printed 'Living Material' Could Clean Up Contaminated Water
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3D-Printed 'Living Material' Could Clean Up Contaminated Water

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego created an "engineered living material" for clearing water of contaminants.

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.

Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts
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Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts

Tough luck, freeloaders: you're on your own.

As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space
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First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space

U.S. aerospace company Redwire said it has three-dimensionally-printed a human body part in space for the first time.

How To Talk To An AI
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How To Talk To An AI

An ordinary human's guide to getting extraordinary results from a chatbot like ChatGPT.

Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab
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Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab

The Bayesian experimental autonomous researcher robotics laboratory at Canada's University of Toronto has discovered the most energy-absorbent mechanical structure...

AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes
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AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes

Computer scientists claim to have created the first algorithm for seamlessly concealing messages in realistic text, images, or audio.

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...

Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression
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Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression

Scientists in South Korea compared a custom robotic system developed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil placement to traditional manual methods in...

Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System
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Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System

A new device combines ultra-thin two-dimensional semiconductors and ferroelectric materials, with the goal of integrating digital logic and brain-inspired analog...

AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells
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AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells

Researchers developed a graph neural network that reliably matched human volunteers' identification of 55 odors, then predicted the smells of 500,000 additional...

Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content
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Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content

In the AI era, publishers are more aggressively blocking crawlers because there's no upside, for now, in handing over their data to AI companies.

AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice
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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

The new HoloBoard system can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills...

USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix
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USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix

It is still alive, and quite vigorous considering its age.  

Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco
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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco

Despite receiving recent approval to expand their robotaxi services in San Francisco, Waymo and Cruise continue to face backlash over traffic and safety concerns...

Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision
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Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision

Exploring ways to supplement conventional computer vision data with metadata collected from physics-based sensors and systems.

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot
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These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed drones that can assemble and dissemble in mid-air.
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