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Rapid 3D-Printing Technique Uses Liquid Metal
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Rapid 3D-Printing Technique Uses Liquid Metal

A 3D-printing technique developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers increases printing speed by using liquid metal.

Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications
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Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications

Companies are being compelled to turn over potentially valuable push notification metadata to authorities.

iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications
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iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications

Security researchers found that some iPhone apps are using notifications to get around Apple's privacy rules governing the collection of user data.

Data Science Major Takes Off
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Data Science Major Takes Off

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that 897 data science bachelor's degrees were awarded in 2022, up from just 84 in 2020.

Teaching Transformed
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Teaching Transformed

The apparent ability of LLMs to write functioning source code has caused celebration over the potential for massive increases in programmer productivity and consternation...

Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis
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Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis

Japan, the world's fastest-aging economy, is turning to technologies like AI, avatars, and robots to address labor shortages.

Is Google Search Getting Worse?
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Is Google Search Getting Worse?

A study by German researchers found that Google's search results are deteriorating in quality.

New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller
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New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller

Using a combination of error-correction approaches, researchers could make a quantum computer with physical qubits available today.

Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry
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Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry

Robots increasingly are being used to automate the jewelry-making process.

Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize
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Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize

Landau was awarded the 2024 Bertrand Russell Prize for writing technical research papers and op-eds, publishing public-facing work, briefing policymakers, and participating...

NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures
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NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures

Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center have developed "self-reprogrammable mechanical metamaterials."

Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise
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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits
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Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits

Video game developers are benefiting from early access periods.

Amazon Turns to AI to Help Customers Find Clothes That Fit
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Amazon Turns to AI to Help Customers Find Clothes That Fit

Amazon Fashion has integrated AI into the online shopping experience.

VW Vehicles to Converse with Drivers via ChatGPT by Mid-Year
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VW Vehicles to Converse with Drivers via ChatGPT by Mid-Year

Volkswagen (VW) drivers soon will be able to engage in back-and-forth dialogue with their vehicle's voice assistant via ChatGPT integration.

Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms
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Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms

Robots increasingly are being deployed on farms in Japan amid an impending labor shortage.

Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds
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Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, in a State of the State address on Jan. 9, proposed a consortium that would position the state as a leader in AI development.

Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich
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Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich

U.S. approval of spot bitcoin ETFs, a new way to track the price of bitcoin, could trigger a gold rush for investors.

The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips
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The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips

A U.S.-born chip technology called RISC-V has become critical to China's ambitions. Washington is debating whether and how to limit the technology.

Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification
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Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification

Wi-Fi 7 has been finalized.
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