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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...

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...

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.

Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls
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Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Northeastern University researchers have developed a way to access video feeds from home security, dashboard, and smartphone cameras through walls.

Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities
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Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities

A new algorithm can be used to design synthetic DNA segments that provide real-time information about the identity and state of cells.

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack
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How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

AI pattern recognition algorithms speed up the search.

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time
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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.

Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites
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Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites

A study by computer scientists revealed that interacting with political campaign websites puts people's personal information at risk.

Norwegian CubeSat Talks to Earth Using Lasers
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Norwegian CubeSat Talks to Earth Using Lasers

The NorSat-TD microsatellite has established its first satellite-to-ground optical communications link.

The State of the Metaverse
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The State of the Metaverse

After years and many attempts to build out a metaverse and make use of it, is there anything out there?

China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research
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China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research

China's Ministry of Science and Technology issued an ethical guideline for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed
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First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed

On Monday, the winner of the Vesuvius Challenge was announced.

AI Trained on Baby's Experiences Yields Clues to How We Learn Language
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AI Trained on Baby's Experiences Yields Clues to How We Learn Language

Researchers at New York University found that a simple AI program could learn basic elements of language from the sensory input of a child's experience.

Stellantis' Peugeot Cars to Use ChatGPT to Talk to Drivers
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Stellantis' Peugeot Cars to Use ChatGPT to Talk to Drivers

Peugeot, the French brand of auto manufacturer Stellantis, announced that it will incorporate ChatGPT into its cars and small commercial vehicles to improve its...

Robot Swings Its Way to Unexplored Treetops
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Robot Swings Its Way to Unexplored Treetops

Researchers developed a robot that can descend from a height and swing around obstacles.

If We Could Talk to the Animals
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If We Could Talk to the Animals

Can artificial intelligence overcome the communication barriers between species?

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.

Robot Trained to Read Braille at Twice the Speed of Humans
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Robot Trained to Read Braille at Twice the Speed of Humans

A robotic sensor developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge and trained using machine learning algorithms can read braille about twice as fast...
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