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Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain
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Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain

A self-propelled snake-like robot developed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can map and navigate previously inaccessible terrain autonomously...

Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed, Accuracy for AI
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Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed, Accuracy for AI

Researchers have constructed a lithography-free photonic chip that offers programmable on-chip information processing.

'Rip and Replace': The Tech Cold War Is Upending Wireless Carriers
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'Rip and Replace': The Tech Cold War Is Upending Wireless Carriers

As China and the U.S. jockey for tech primacy, wireless carriers in dozens of states are tearing out Chinese equipment. That has turned into a costly, difficult...

Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones
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Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones

Google's decision to allow its operating system to install third-party apps makes Android smartphones targets for spyware.  

Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born
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Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born

Scientists claim the first two babies conceived by a sperm-injecting robot have been born.

Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data
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Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data

Some researchers envision synthetic data as not only offering content that is close enough to actual data to preserve privacy, but also enabling production of better...

RIP Metaverse
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RIP Metaverse

An obituary for the latest fad to join the tech graveyard.

The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built
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The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built

When he invented Turing machines in 1936, Alan Turing also invented modern computing.

Tech Increases Equity in Diabetes Care for Kids
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Tech Increases Equity in Diabetes Care for Kids

The 4T Program found technology can democratize diabetes care for children.

Algorithm Makes Satellite Signals Act Like GPS
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Algorithm Makes Satellite Signals Act Like GPS

A new algorithm can listen in on satellite signals and use them to locate any point on Earth.

Japan Firms Turn to VR for Customer Service Training
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Japan Firms Turn to VR for Customer Service Training

Increasingly, Japanese companies are using virtual reality technology to train customer service staff.

AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How
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AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How

As large language models become experts at human speech, they're now shifting their focus to animal communication.

The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules
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The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules

An international team of researchers has added scalability to synthetic DNA data storage via a new polymerase chain reaction technique.

Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms
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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms

Farm-equipment company Deere aims to network farms in remote regions of Brazil and the U.S. via satellites.

How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?
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How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?

Quantum computers are only in the developmental stage; experiments are already showing their great potential in the finance industry.

 Researchers 3D-Print Miniature Vacuum Pump
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Researchers 3D-Print Miniature Vacuum Pump

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a miniature peristaltic pump, in a step toward producing inexpensive mobile mass...

China's Metaverse Is All About Work
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China's Metaverse Is All About Work

China's government aims to build a metaverse that supports the economy, while its Western counterparts are focused on consumers.

Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch
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Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed a robotic manipulator based on the muscles and tendons in an ostrich's neck.

Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation
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Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation

A new irrigation optimization tool can estimate water loss from soil caused by evapotranspiration 100 times faster than state-of-the-art methods, while preserving...

GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try
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GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try

The desire to replace writers with AI is a symptom of the larger problem that the guild is fighting for—which is that companies do not value writers and their work...
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