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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories
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Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

An algorithm developed by researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology can predict how fast enzymes work based on the sequence of amino acids that...

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...

French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools
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French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools

French tax officials used artificial intelligence to identify over 20,0000 undeclared private swimming pools, constituting about €10 million (over $10 million)...

Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones
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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones

The AquaApp mobile interface developed by University of Washington (UW) researchers facilitates underwater messaging using acoustic signals.

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Protecting Children's Privacy Online
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Protecting Children's Privacy Online

Assuring youngsters they can use websites without giving away their personal information is not child's play.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics
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Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

A newly developed class of biomaterial inks exhibit the same characteristics as highly conductive human tissue like skin.

Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power
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Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power

British researchers and a team from Google found that teaching people how to spot misinformation made people more skeptical of it.

Scientists Turn Toward AI for Unraveling Cell Biology
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Scientists Turn Toward AI for Unraveling Cell Biology

Researchers used artificial intelligence to correlate cellular cytoskeleton structure with the position of nuclei.

Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

A new wearable sensor can detect amino acids and certain vitamins in small amounts of human sweat.

Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It
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Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence-powered algorithm to identify individuals based their hand vibrations when holding a smartphone.

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
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Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

The Road to 6G
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The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.
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