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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction
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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction

Researchers race to find ecological data kept on outdated media or in dusty backroom boxes—before they're lost forever.

The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine
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The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine

A search bot you converse with could make finding answers easier — if it doesn't tell fibs. Microsoft, Google, Baidu, and others are working on it.

Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform
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Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform

More than 50 state, city, and county jurisdictions in the U.S. have implemented the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) tool to shift from cash-based bail systems to...

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.

Bioengineered Skin Grafts Fit Like a Glove
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Bioengineered Skin Grafts Fit Like a Glove

Columbia University researchers have developed a method for growing engineered skin in complex, three-dimensional shapes to make it easier to graft skin onto irregularly...

At This School, Computer Science Class Now Includes Critiquing Chatbots
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At This School, Computer Science Class Now Includes Critiquing Chatbots

Move over, coding. Some schools are asking student programmers to think critically about rapid advances in artificial intelligence.

AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics
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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

Are ChatGPT, Stability AI, and GitHub Copilot the next big breakthroughs, huge legal and regulatory liabilities, or something else entirely?

Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go
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Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go

A new portable ultrasound device uses custom algorithms to measure how much blood is being pumped by the heart.

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights
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Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

French luxury brand Hermès is suing digital artist Mason Rothchild in a New York court to prevent him from selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of its Birkin handbags...

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?
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Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

Sinanoglu's backers include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, which is supporting his research through its Defense Advanced Research...

ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push
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ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

Researchers used survey data from 3,000 residents of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver to determine which are likely to alter their behaviors to conserve water in...

Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population
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Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population

Ecologists are using aerial drones to monitor fallow deer populations in the U.K.'s Ashdown Forest.

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist
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AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist

Automated influence campaigns could spell trouble for society.

FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent
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FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent

Under a proposed FTC order, GoodRx would be barred from sharing user health data for advertising purposes.

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

 IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf
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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol.

Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics
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Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

The Footsim digital sole model created by U.K., Canadian, and Swiss researchers can map the signals continuously streaming from the foot to the brain as a tool...

A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid
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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists have been developing a "black start" computer model to help grid operators quickly restore power after a disruption...
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