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Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water
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Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, developed a robot gardener that can grow plants as capably as humans, while saving more water.

Mapping by Human Brain Project Advances Understanding of Neuroreceptor Organization
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Mapping by Human Brain Project Advances Understanding of Neuroreceptor Organization

Human Brain Project scientists have gained new insights into the arrangement of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain through a new mapping.

Nuclear Transport Fleet Testing AI-Powered Sails
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Nuclear Transport Fleet Testing AI-Powered Sails

The U.K.'s fleet for transporting spent nuclear fuel aims to retrofit the ships with artificial intelligence-driven sails to reduce fuel costs and emissions.

Unleashing Photonic Computing Potential Through Artificial 'Life'
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Unleashing Photonic Computing Potential Through Artificial 'Life'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have used optical hardware for cellular automata, implementing computer models with evolving behaviors in...

Doctors Train in Virtual Reality
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Doctors Train in Virtual Reality

Simulations prepare surgeons for the real thing.

A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You
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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You

The Calico assistive robot developed by researchers at the University of Maryland can be worn on the user's clothes, where it runs along a track to perform various...

Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?
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Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?

Fast-food chains like White Castle are deploying artificial intelligence-enabled chatbots in drive-throughs.

AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow
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AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow

A team of scientists created artificial intelligence-based velocimetry measurements to quantify the flow of fluids around cerebral blood vessels in the human brain...

Keeping Hackers Off the Electrical Grid
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Keeping Hackers Off the Electrical Grid

Protecting electrical power delivery networks from incursions.

Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats
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Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats

Executives of U.S. food and agriculture companies say they are collaboratively formalizing information-sharing to fortify themselves against escalating cybersecurity...

Georgia Won't Update Dominion Software Until After 2024 Election
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Georgia Won't Update Dominion Software Until After 2024 Election

Based on a two-year-old report, Georgia election officials will not update flawed voting software until after 2024, claiming it is safe despite federal recommendations...

Renault-Led Concept Car Offers Cyberattack Protection
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Renault-Led Concept Car Offers Cyberattack Protection

French automaker Renault partnered with five French companies to deliver a concept car that features advanced biometry, energy efficiency, and cybersecurity protection...

Wireless Olfactory Feedback System Lets Users Smell in VR World
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Wireless Olfactory Feedback System Lets Users Smell in VR World

Scientistsvhave created a wireless olfactory feedback system that incorporates smells into virtual and augmented reality via miniaturized odor generators (OGs)....

'AI Doctor' Predicts Hospital Readmission, Other Health Outcomes
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'AI Doctor' Predicts Hospital Readmission, Other Health Outcomes

Researchers invented an artificial intelligence algorithm to predict patients' health outcomes based on factors like mortality risk and length of hospitalization...

Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires
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Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires

Backscattering-based nano-tattoo sensor tattoos can communicate with nearby devices without needing batteries or wires.

UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War
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UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War

Two United Nations-backed engineers are using advanced laser-scanning technology to digitally preserve historical sites in Ukraine as three-dimensional models. ...

Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses
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Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses

Automation developers are building a new generation of humanoid machines meant to help fill labor gaps in logistics operations.

Tools to Assess Crime Risk for Young Cohorts Likely to Fail over Time
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Tools to Assess Crime Risk for Young Cohorts Likely to Fail over Time

Scientists suggest cohort bias driven by societal change undermines risk assessment instruments used to evaluate crime likelihood.

Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research
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Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina created a wrist-worn sensor that collects data on alcohol consumption less obtrusively...

Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way
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Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way

Despite the drawbacks of turning to artificial intelligence in medicine, some physicians find that ChatGPT improves their ability to communicate empathetically...
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