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Smart Hat Senses When Traffic Lights Change
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Smart Hat Senses When Traffic Lights Change

Flexible conductive fibers can cool and contract without producing stress cracks, permitting them to be woven into cotton clothing.

Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value
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Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value

University of California, Riverside researchers identified a connection between cryptocurrency prices and the number of Reddit posts mentioning a currency in the...

Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash
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Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed an artificial skin that allows a robot to distinguish between inanimate objects and living sea creatures...

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently
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Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed a waterproof, eel-like robot that can undulate in several different patterns.

Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom
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Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom

Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues developed a robot system to efficiently pick up strewn clothes.

Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet
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Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet

Researchers calculated a significant carbon footprint for some Internet service-providing satellite constellations.

How Scientists Are Cracking Historical Codes to Reveal Lost Secrets
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How Scientists Are Cracking Historical Codes to Reveal Lost Secrets

The DECRYPT project, a collaboration of linguists and computer scientists, aims to automate the process of cracking historical ciphers.

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping
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Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping

A new system can blur smartphone screens to prevent snooping.

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?
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From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?

Physicists are using quantum computers to conjure exotic phenomena and claiming their creations are truly real.

Robot Injects Drugs into Back of Eyeball More Accurately Than Surgeons
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Robot Injects Drugs into Back of Eyeball More Accurately Than Surgeons

The Steady Hand Eye Robot can inject drugs into the back of the eyeball faster and more accurately than surgeons to treat retinal vein occlusion, according to Johns...

Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans
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Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans

Scientists in China and Brazil are testing robotic dogs and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect invasive fire ant nests.

Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device
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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device

University of Chicago researchers have confirmed the feasibility of building sound-based quantum computers.

DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing
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DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing

Sorting algorithms are basic functions used constantly by computers around the world, so an improved one could make millions of programs run faster.

Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update
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Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update

An update rolled out by the Ethereum cryptocurrency reduced the energy needed to produce it, and also fixed a security flaw.

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.

Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything
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Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything

Arizona State University researchers have developed an inflatable drone that can perch on nearly any object.

Shapes 3D-Printed into Living Worms Could Be Future of Brain Implants
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Shapes 3D-Printed into Living Worms Could Be Future of Brain Implants

A technique developed by researchers at the U.K.'s Lancaster University can print conductive circuits inside living organisms using a photonic three-dimensional...
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