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Researchers Discover Self-Assembled Crystal Structures
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Researchers Discover Self-Assembled Crystal Structures

Cornell University researchers have discovered over 20 never-before-seen self-assembled crystal structures.

Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing
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Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing

Drawing Intelligence from actual brain cells could deliver human-like cognition in diverse fields.

A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading
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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading

In a recent experiment, researchers used large language models to translate brain activity into words.

Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?
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Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot that can paint an abstract acrylic. Is it art?

States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet
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States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

New age restrictions for minors on sites like TikTok and Pornhub could also hinder adults' access to online services.

What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?
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What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?

Researchers at Drexel and Vanderbilt universities investigated adolescent Instagram users' experiences on the social media platform to ensure they receive requested...

'Smart Mines' Drive China's Coal Build-Out
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'Smart Mines' Drive China's Coal Build-Out

China's mining operators are deploying robots and other technologies to expand its coal industry.

Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World
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Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World

The World Wide Web's launch three decades ago marked the beginning of the Internet's evolution into the revolutionary communications tool it has become.

Software Detective Debunked Mike Lindell's Election Fraud Claims
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Software Detective Debunked Mike Lindell's Election Fraud Claims

Robert Zeidman was awarded $5 million by the arbitration panel.

Commerce Dept. Outlines Plans to Fund Chip Research
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Commerce Dept. Outlines Plans to Fund Chip Research

The Biden administration defined its strategy to drive cutting-edge microchip research.

Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe
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Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe

A study of communications between drivers and cyclists suggests new autonomous vehicle systems must be able to replicate those social interactions to ensure safety...

AR Art Takes Over British City
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AR Art Takes Over British City

The U.K. city of Sheffield has transformed its rooftops into an augmented reality-based art display.

Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers
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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

The billionaire plans to compete with OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer he helped found, while calling out the potential harms of artificial intelligence.

Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram
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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

The development comes as the country grapples with a wave of school attacks.

Industry Out of Phase With Supercomputers
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Industry Out of Phase With Supercomputers

Chip-industry changes threaten U.S. supercomputing.

Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts
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Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts

It's time to reform the U.S. legal system.

New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers
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New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers

Researchers in Austria, Germany, and the U.K. have developed a simple method for manufacturing high-precision aperiodic photonic volume elements (APVEs).

Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything
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Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything

Arizona State University researchers have developed an inflatable drone that can perch on nearly any object.

Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults
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Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults

The  small desktop robot GTIbot can be used to monitor older adults' physical and mental well-being, and even recommend exercises.

Artificial Intelligence Still Can't Form Concepts
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Artificial Intelligence Still Can't Form Concepts

Concepts and abstraction are key to unlocking AI's full potential.
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