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Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature
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Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature

DuckAssist isn't a chatbot, but it uses artificial intelligence to help answer your questions.

The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy
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The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy

The new technology could upend many online businesses. But for companies that figure out how to work with it, A.I. could be a boon.

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study
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Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study

Researchers found reducing time on social media could improve teens' self-esteem and body image.

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future
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African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

The African Girls Can Code Initiative holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution
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How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution

Carver Mead will delivery his Kyoto Prize Presentation on March 15.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products
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CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products

The strategy is expected to target the common vulnerabilities found in tech vendors' products.

New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

A solution for this problem may be found in an exotic version of a qubit known as a topological qubit.

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat
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Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat

Wilson's prototype "airless" basketball debuted during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities.
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