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Lizard-Like Robot for Mars Exploration
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Lizard-Like Robot for Mars Exploration

A lizard-inspired robot could be used to improve existing rover models for navigating Mars-like terrain.

Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems
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Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems

University of Alabama student researchers have built and deployed drones as part of coastal conservation efforts.

Tech Speeds Quantum Circuit Computation in Quantum Simulator
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Tech Speeds Quantum Circuit Computation in Quantum Simulator

Using a quantum simulator they developed, researchers at Fujitsu have determined how to  boost the computational speed of quantum-classical hybrid algorithms by...

U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports
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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports

The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced...

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting
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World's First PC Rediscovered Nearly 50 Years After Last Sighting

Employees at U.K. house-clearing firm Just Clear found two Q1 microcomputers, considered the first single-microchip PC, while clearing out a property in December...

'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation
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'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation

More than 400 AI experts and executives from various industries signed an open letter calling for increased regulation of deepfakes.

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

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.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Defending the Business
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Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation
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Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Researchers found that emojis mean different things to different people, depending on the viewer's age, gender, and nationality.

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse
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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar...

The Text File that Runs the Internet
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The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web...

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.
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