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Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice
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Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice

Researchers developed a method to protect wind turbines from ice using drones.

DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Harvard-led team develops novel logical qubits to enable scalable quantum computers.

Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots
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Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots

By knitting together multiple components and data streams, multimodal AI offers the promise of smarter, more human-like systems.

Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected
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Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected

DeepMind product VP Eli Collins claims Gemini Ultra can comprehend "nuanced" information in text, images, audio and code.

A Drone with Ears
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A Drone with Ears

Researchers developed a microphone array that can be added to drones, along with cameras, to help locate disaster victims.

Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors
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Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors

Researchers showed that guided acoustic wave sensors can enable networks of independent robots to inspect large pipe structures for defects.

Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide
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Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide

University of Arizona (UA) researchers developed a wearable monitoring system that can send health data up to 15 miles without major infrastructure.

How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms
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How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms

Alarmed by the power of artificial intelligence, Europe, the U.S. and others are trying to respond, but the technology is evolving more rapidly than their policies...

Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks
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Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks

The researchers observed that magnetic monopoles in hematite emerge through the collective behavior of many spins (the angular momentum of a particle).

Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'
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Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'

Scientists taught an algorithm to better predict an individual's tastes in wines.

A Simpler Means for Visible Light Communication
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A Simpler Means for Visible Light Communication

Researchers at China's Nanchang University have developed a visible light communication (VLC) equalizer based on a single-order circuit.

Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots
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Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots

A research team developed a tool that uses large language models to code new tasks for robots, which it then simulates.

Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture
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Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture

Protecting the U.S. food supply from cyberattack.

IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits
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IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits

IBM has revealed two quantum computers. One is the second-largest ever made, and the other produces fewer errors than any quantum computer the company has built...

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

Photonic Chip 'Fits Together Like Lego'
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Photonic Chip 'Fits Together Like Lego'

A new compact silicon photonic semiconductor chip significantly expands radio-frequency (RF) bandwidth.

Creating Virtual Objects with the Flick of a Finger
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Creating Virtual Objects with the Flick of a Finger

Researchers in the U.K. designed a system that allows the use of quick hand gestures to select tools to create objects and designs in virtual environments.

The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI
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The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI

The companies had honed a protocol for releasing artificial intelligence ambitiously but safely. Then OpenAI's board exploded all their carefully laid plans.

Scientists Develop More Efficient Way to Transmit Data Between Devices
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Scientists Develop More Efficient Way to Transmit Data Between Devices

Researchers demonstrated a lower-power method for transmitting data at close range while maintaining high throughput using electric, rather than electromagnetic...

Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom
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Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom

Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues developed a robot system to efficiently pick up strewn clothes.
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