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AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them
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AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

Getting good answers from an artificial intelligence can be a tricky task, and now researchers have found that an AI is better at asking questions of another AI...

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches
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Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches

Researchers developed a device that can kill cockroaches using a laser, two cameras, and an artificial intelligence (AI) model capable of targeting specific insect...

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City
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Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City

Malte Schröder and colleagues at Dresden University of Technology programmed an algorithm to design the optimal cycling route for any given city, using network...

Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch
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Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge estimated bitcoin miners have discharged nearly 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid
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Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid

Computer modeling determined the western U.S. power grid could be strained if electric vehicle owners primarily charging their vehicles at home overnight.

Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms
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Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Wenhao Zhang and colleagues at the U.K.'s University of the West of England have developed a facial recognition system for pigs.

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations
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DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

Researchers trained an artificial intellgence to play soccer using an athletic curriculum resembling an accelerated model of a human baby maturing into a soccer...

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It
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Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence-powered algorithm to identify individuals based their hand vibrations when holding a smartphone.

Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry
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Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry

New research suggests the required computing power could diminish quantum computing's exponential speed advantage.

Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One
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Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One

Could be incorporated into future human-machine interfaces.

Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up
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Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers have developed a robot that can untie knotted cables using the grippers on its arms.

How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI
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How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

Artificial intelligence is being used to read and translate cuneiform, helping to recreate ancient libraries by piecing together fragmented tablets and predicting...

Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight
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Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight

Researchers have developed artificial muscles using a three-dimensional printer and tiny actuators that convert energy into movement.

AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes
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AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes

Artificial intelligence taught to identify living and dead mosquitoes could help monitor the species most complicit in transmitting diseases.
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