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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets
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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Brain-computer interfaces are helping researchers learn more about brain anatomy.

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed
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First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed

On Monday, the winner of the Vesuvius Challenge was announced.

Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time
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Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time

Two teams of researchers made pairs of calcium monofluoride molecules interact to become entangled, a necessity for quantum computers to perform algorithms.

DeepMind Accurately Forecasts Weather on a Desktop Computer
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DeepMind Accurately Forecasts Weather on a Desktop Computer

Google DeepMind developed a machine-learning weather-forecasting model that outperformed the best conventional forecasting tools.

Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future
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Universities Train Engineers for the Quantum Future

Colleges are starting the process of educating future engineers in topics such as how quantum computing hardware components work and how to write quantum computing...

Keeping Secrets in a Quantum World
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Keeping Secrets in a Quantum World

Cryptographers are working on data-encryption schemes strong enough to withstand attacks from future quantum computers.

AI 'Breakthrough': Neural Net Has Human-Like Ability to Generalize Language
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AI 'Breakthrough': Neural Net Has Human-Like Ability to Generalize Language

A neural-network-based artificial intelligence outperforms ChatGPT at quickly folding new words into its lexicon, a key aspect of human intelligence.

Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings
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Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings

Officials at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London announced earlier this year that sensors would be installed in campus buildings. Staff and students are...

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.

AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers
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AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers

A study by independent U.K. biologist Sholto David found that artificial intelligence can identify image manipulation in research papers faster and more accurately...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin
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AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin

Acoustic tracking technology could feed into conservation projects in the Amazon and beyond.

A Pink Rover Tackles the Red Planet, Barriers for Women in Science
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A Pink Rover Tackles the Red Planet, Barriers for Women in Science

A team from Australia placed second in the University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, UT, with a pink-colored robotic rover.

How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth
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How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth

To smooth the path of the quantum revolution, researchers and governments must predict and prepare for the traps ahead.
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