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Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance
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Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance

Custom biologging tags have allowed researchers at the University of Michigan and other institutions to measure dolphins' energetic cost of swimming.

Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring
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Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring

Ukraine has digitally networked its fighting forces, intelligence, and weapons on the cheap through satellite communications and custom software.

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds
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Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds

Corporate technology leaders looking to cut costs are turning to industry-specific cloud platforms that provide purpose-built digital tools for companies in a given...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'
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Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'

Researchers have developed a robotic system consisting of ultrasoft liquid robots comprised mainly of water.

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
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Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology
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University of Michigan to Install Smart Intersection Technology

The goal of the $20-million smart intersections project is to have intersections communicate with the technology in cars to warn drivers of potential dangers that...

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
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U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys
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Security Researchers Cite Theorem of Infinitely Typing Monkeys

An international team of scientists led by Germany's Ruhr-Universität Bochum is developing new techniques to efficiently identify coding errors in embedded systems...

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
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Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner
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Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner

These past few years have been visceral reminders of our mortality. But new technologies can offer a way for us and our loved ones to live on.

Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research
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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research

The team says its machine learning model can accurately predict the complex molecular changes that determine a drug's effectiveness.

China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks
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China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks

New regulations from China's Cyberspace Administration that go into effect Jan. 10, 2023, ban the creation of media using artificial intelligence without watermarks...

Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies
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Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies

A multi-institutional team of researchers has devised a framework for analyzing multiancestry genomic studies across multiple biobanks.

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
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FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.
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