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Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain
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Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain

A self-propelled snake-like robot developed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can map and navigate previously inaccessible terrain autonomously...

Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed, Accuracy for AI
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Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed, Accuracy for AI

Researchers have constructed a lithography-free photonic chip that offers programmable on-chip information processing.

Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born
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Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born

Scientists claim the first two babies conceived by a sperm-injecting robot have been born.

The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built
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The Most Important Machine That Was Never Built

When he invented Turing machines in 1936, Alan Turing also invented modern computing.

AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How
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AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How

As large language models become experts at human speech, they're now shifting their focus to animal communication.

The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules
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The Future of Data Storage Lies in DNA Microcapsules

An international team of researchers has added scalability to synthetic DNA data storage via a new polymerase chain reaction technique.

Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms
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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms

Farm-equipment company Deere aims to network farms in remote regions of Brazil and the U.S. via satellites.

How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?
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How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?

Quantum computers are only in the developmental stage; experiments are already showing their great potential in the finance industry.

Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch
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Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed a robotic manipulator based on the muscles and tendons in an ostrich's neck.

Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation
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Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation

A new irrigation optimization tool can estimate water loss from soil caused by evapotranspiration 100 times faster than state-of-the-art methods, while preserving...

Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics
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Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics

Apple and Google jointly proposed new standards for combatting clandestine surveillance through Bluetooth object-tracking devices like Apple's AirTag.

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.

Highly Dexterous Robot Hand Can Operate in the Dark
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Highly Dexterous Robot Hand Can Operate in the Dark

Columbia Engineering scientists melded advanced tactile sense with motor learning algorithms into a dexterous robot hand that does not rely on vision.

Transformative Innovations Recognized
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Transformative Innovations Recognized

ACM celebrates individuals whose work has impacted datacenter networks, software, algorithms, and AI.

Fear Not the Deadlines, Research Finds
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Fear Not the Deadlines, Research Finds

Analysis suggests the presence or absence of deadlines does not affect people's stress levels.

Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing
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Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing

Drawing Intelligence from actual brain cells could deliver human-like cognition in diverse fields.

A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading
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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading

In a recent experiment, researchers used large language models to translate brain activity into words.

Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?
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Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot that can paint an abstract acrylic. Is it art?

Commerce Dept. Outlines Plans to Fund Chip Research
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Commerce Dept. Outlines Plans to Fund Chip Research

The Biden administration defined its strategy to drive cutting-edge microchip research.

Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers
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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

The billionaire plans to compete with OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer he helped found, while calling out the potential harms of artificial intelligence.
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