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Humanoid Robots Are Coming of Age
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Humanoid Robots Are Coming of Age

A few years ago, humanoid robots were clumsy and awkward. Now several startups claim to have models almost ready to go to work in warehouses and factories.

AI Catalyzes Gene Activation Research, Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences
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AI Catalyzes Gene Activation Research, Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences

The University of California, San Diego's James T. Kadonaga and colleagues used artificial intelligence to advance gene activation research by identifying "synthetic...

Sound Vibrations Can Encode, Process Data Like Quantum Computers
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Sound Vibrations Can Encode, Process Data Like Quantum Computers

University of Arizona researchers demonstrated that trapping sound in a simple mechanical device can imitate certain properties of quantum computers.

Fruit-Picking Robot Eve Ready to Harvest Apples Commercially, as Shortage of Workers Persists
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Fruit-Picking Robot Eve Ready to Harvest Apples Commercially, as Shortage of Workers Persists

Australian startup Ripe Robotics spent four years developing its autonomous fruit-picking robot Eve, which is processing apples in orchards owned amid a labor shortage...

Popular Android TV Boxes Sold on Amazon Are Laced with Malware
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Popular Android TV Boxes Sold on Amazon Are Laced with Malware

Security researchers found malware in popular Android-powered TV set-top boxes sold on Amazon.

Toil and Trouble
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Toil and Trouble

Exascale computing power helps researchers understand bubble behavior that can handicap reactor technology designed to capture carbon dioxide emissions.

Adobe to Integrate AI into Photoshop amid Fears of Job Losses, Mass Faking of Images
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Adobe to Integrate AI into Photoshop amid Fears of Job Losses, Mass Faking of Images

Company says Adobe Firefly is a 'co-pilot' to graphic design, rather than a replacement for humans.

Breakthrough in Computer Chip Energy Efficiency Could Cut Datacenter Electricity Use
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Breakthrough in Computer Chip Energy Efficiency Could Cut Datacenter Electricity Use

Researchers at Oregon State (OSU) and Baylor universities have significantly cut the energy consumption of photonic chips used in datacenters and supercomputers...

Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes
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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes

A software upgrade developed by researchers at France's Polytechnic Institute of Paris improves the efficiency of wind turbines by ensuring they spend more time...

Making Connections
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Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Better Algorithms through Faster Math
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Better Algorithms through Faster Math

The search for new algorithms that could reduce the time needed for multiplication is now at the center of data science.

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
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Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Existing security standards do not always offer sufficient protection to secure the Internet of Things.

Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health
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Surgeon General Issues New Advisory About Effects Social Media Use Has on Youth Mental Health

Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy urges action to ensure social media environments are healthy and safe.

Quantum Computers Compared
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Quantum Computers Compared

Scientists compared leading quantum computers using the Quantum Computing User Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Taiwan Is Running Low on Engineers
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Taiwan Is Running Low on Engineers

Leaders of Taiwan's semiconductor industry fear the nation's supply of engineers will be unable to meet demand for new talent.

Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas
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Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have built an automatic feeding machine for gorillas at Zoo Atlanta that allows for more natural foraging.

The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank
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The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank

An overreliance on technology startups could have been a major factor in its demise.

Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?
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Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?

The financial services industry is plotting how to incorporate tools like ChatGPT into its products. But humans will still be necessary to provide personal advice...

College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle
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College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle

Higher education institutions are seeing rising enrollment in computer science at the same time interest in humanities is declining.

Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range
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Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range

Cattle ranchers increasingly have access to virtual fences that allow them to use electronic collars to keep their cows from wandering away.
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