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Researchers Develop Soft Robot That Shifts from Land to Sea with Ease
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Researchers Develop Soft Robot That Shifts from Land to Sea with Ease

Soft robots developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University can transition from walking to swimming or crawling to rolling, shifts found in most animals....

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela
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Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela

Generative AI technology from Synthesia was used to create recent deepfake videos that attempted to spread misinformation and propaganda in Venezuela.

Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues
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Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues

Government employees in the United States and internationally often reuse passwords for their work and personal accounts, according to researchers at threat intelligence...

Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups
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Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups

The Codon compiler, from a team led by researchers from MIT CSAIL, allows developers to create new domain-specific languages within Python while achieving performance...

'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature
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'Spell-Checker for Statistics' Reduces Errors in Psychology Literature

The statcheck online tool developed by Michèle Nuijten at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has reduced statistical errors in scientific papers.

A Video Game Company Made a Bot the CEO, and Its Stock Climbed
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A Video Game Company Made a Bot the CEO, and Its Stock Climbed

The stock of NetDragon Websoft has outpaced the Hong Kong market in recent months since appointing a virtual bot as CEO of its flagship subsidiary.

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media
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Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media

Researchers have developed an all-optical object classification technique that uses diffractive deep neural networks and a single-pixel spectral detector to classify...

Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response
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Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response

A prototype system developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can detect and assess utility pole damage following...

Flinders University Scientists Use Biology from Insects to Build Robots with a Brain
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Flinders University Scientists Use Biology from Insects to Build Robots with a Brain

Researchers at Australia's Flinders University were inspired by insect biology to build robots equipped with a brain capable of comprehending their environment....

Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole
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Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Experimental Wormhole

An innovative method overcomes significant hurdle in scaling quantum prototypes.

'Talking' Concrete Could Help Prevent Traffic Jams, Cut Carbon Emissions
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'Talking' Concrete Could Help Prevent Traffic Jams, Cut Carbon Emissions

U.S. interstates are preparing to test sensors developed by Purdue University researchers that could help prevent congestion and lower carbon emissions.

How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race
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How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to...

Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%
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Boosting Photodiode Efficiency to 220%

Researchers at the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology are chasing quantum efficiency.

'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates
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'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates

In just weeks, a gold rush into artificial intelligence start-ups has become a full-blown mania.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
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Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse
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South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse

South Korean girl quartet MAVE: exists exclusively in the metaverse.

What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science
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What The First Lung Delivered by Drone Means for Transplant Science

The first successful delivery of a human donor lung by aerial drone in Toronto, Canada, has implications for the future of transplant science.

Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector
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Technology Innovation in the Insurance Sector

Here's a look at some of the newest technological advancements in the insurance industry.

Microsoft Lays Off Team That Taught Employees How to Make AI Tools Responsibly
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Microsoft Lays Off Team That Taught Employees How to Make AI Tools Responsibly

As the company accelerates its push into AI products, the ethics and society team is gone.

Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication
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Passkeys Unlock a New Era for Authentication

A potential alternative to passwords.
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