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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards
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Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of the West of England, Bristol used the mat of cells that form on top when brewing kombucha to develop flexible electric circuit...

Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.

AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch
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AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch

A multi-institutional team of California researchers engineered an artificial intelligence to design bacteria-destroying proteins that actually worked.

Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow
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Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow

Russia has accelerated its jamming of GPS satellites around Moscow, apparently to deter long-range strikes by Ukrainian drones, according to GPSJam.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
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Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers
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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.

AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices
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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

Researchers used artificial intelligence to design an invisibility cloak to conceal antennas or small communication devices from infrared light or microwave detectors...

AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias
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AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias

Princeton University's Adji Bousso Dieng and Dan Friedman have developed a diversity score for artificial intelligence to help detect bias.

U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation
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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner at all times. ...

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...

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.

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...
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