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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers
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Inside the Lab Growing Mushroom Computers

The Unconventional Computing Laboratory of the U.K.'s University of the West of England focuses on developing chemical or living computers that can interface with...

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future
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African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

The African Girls Can Code Initiative holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients
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How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients

Artificial intelligence is enhancing physicians' diagnostic abilities to better identify patients who might be vulnerable to certain ailments.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.

Building a Computer With a Single Atom
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Building a Computer With a Single Atom

New studies broaden the perspectives on what constitutes a "computer" and how small a computational unit can be.

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

A solution for this problem may be found in an exotic version of a qubit known as a topological qubit.

Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software
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Tesla Pauses Rollout of Driving-Assist Software

The Full Self-Driving Beta system is subject to a recall in the U.S. involving 363,000 vehicles.

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours
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AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

This marked the first time a bot took control of a military jet.

Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.
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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.

Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders
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Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders

Scientists at China's Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong universities have engineered a "graphene-based intelligent, wearable artificial throat"patch that can amplify...

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.
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