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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder
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Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder

A stake of less than 10% in a company is considered "passive" by Wall Street, but it could signal an effort by Musk to take a more active role in how Twitter is...

Deepfakes Trying to Change the Course of War
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Deepfakes Trying to Change the Course of War

Deepfake videos are being used to manipulate the course of the war in Ukraine.

Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It
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Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It

Some customers are furious with Walgreens and other retailers’ replacement of clear fridge and freezer doors with iPad-like screens displaying items within.

Black Hawk Helicopter Flies Without Pilot on Board
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Black Hawk Helicopter Flies Without Pilot on Board

A Black Hawk helicopter recently performed its first autonomous flight at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports
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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR
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Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

More schools and universities are conducting classes in virtual reality, especially given the availability of better and less expensive VR headsets.

Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows
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Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

India's Stellapps Technologies has come up with what CEO Ranjith Mukundan describes as "a device which is like a Fitbit for cattle."

How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech
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How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is being used by an increasing number of athletes to record their physical performance and push themselves to achieve more.

Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age
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Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

An international study suggests the eye's retina could determine a person's true biological age.

Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.
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Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.

A Virginia family purchased Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the U.S., constructed in partnership with 3D printing company Alquist.

Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice
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Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice

Texas-based teenager Archer Calder created a Web-based application to give his sister Della, who has a speech-inhibiting genetic disorder, the means to communicate...

Cornell University Reports More Than 900 Covid-19 Cases This Week
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Cornell University Reports More Than 900 Covid-19 Cases This Week

Many are Omicron variant cases in fully vaccinated students.

World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say
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World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say

The C-shaped parent xenobots collect and compress loose stem cells together into piles which can mature into offspring.

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'
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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure...

AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life
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AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

Artificial intelligence, advanced imaging, and three-dimensional printing revealed the portrait of a nude woman hidden beneath the surface of a Picasso painting...

More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital
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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...
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