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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.

RIP Metaverse
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RIP Metaverse

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

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.

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...

My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion
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My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion

Pi, an A.I. tool that debuted this week, is a twist on the new wave of chatbots: It assists people with their wellness and emotions.

Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics
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Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics

Apple and Google jointly proposed new standards for combatting clandestine surveillance through Bluetooth object-tracking devices like Apple's AirTag.

Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects
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Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects

Camera- and liquid-crystal display-equipped smart glasses can "balance" a scene by dimming bright objects without affecting dim ones.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together
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Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together

Scientists at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.K.'s University of Glasgow led research to help pet parrots communicate...
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