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Blockchain Computing Simulates Early Earth
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Blockchain Computing Simulates Early Earth

Researchers leveraged the Golem blockchain protocol to simulate a network of chemical interactions that may have played a role in the origin of life.

Algorithmic Advance: The Group Isomorphism Problem
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Algorithmic Advance: The Group Isomorphism Problem

Exploring a potential way to immensely speed up algorithms for the group isomorphism problem.

Teaching Transformed
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Teaching Transformed

The apparent ability of LLMs to write functioning source code has caused celebration over the potential for massive increases in programmer productivity and consternation...

Virtual Reality as Therapy
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Virtual Reality as Therapy

Leveraging precisely designed alternate realities as therapeutic tools.

Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind
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Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind

Researchers at Australia's Edith Cowan University are using virtual reality technology to gain insights into decision-making by criminals.

Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon
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Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon

A lunar robot has successfully landed on the Moon.

AI Is Decoding the Animal Kingdom
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AI Is Decoding the Animal Kingdom

Researchers increasingly are looking to generative AI to better understand animal languages.

NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage
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NVMe Consortium Polishes Its Specs to Support Computational Storage

The NVM Express (NVMe) consortium has established a standardized method for applications to talk to storage devices with processing capabilities.

Cryptographers Just Got Closer to Enabling Fully Private Internet Searches
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Cryptographers Just Got Closer to Enabling Fully Private Internet Searches

Three researchers have found a long-sought way to pull information from large databases secretly. If the process can be streamlined, fully private browsing could...

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New AI Framework Can Create Images From Nothing

Blackout Diffusion generates samples comparable to current diffusion models, but require fewer computational resources.

Do You Think the Chatbot Likes Me?
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Do You Think the Chatbot Likes Me?

Artificial intelligence chatbots increasingly are being given distinct personalities to increase the appeal of interacting with them.

New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller
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New Error Correction Trick could Make Quantum Computers 200 Times Smaller

Using a combination of error-correction approaches, researchers could make a quantum computer with physical qubits available today.

Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry
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Robots Are Changing the World of High Jewelry

Robots increasingly are being used to automate the jewelry-making process.

DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes
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DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology created a detailed database of marine microbe information.

Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value
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Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value

University of California, Riverside researchers identified a connection between cryptocurrency prices and the number of Reddit posts mentioning a currency in the...

NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures
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NASA's Robotic, Self-Assembling Structures

Researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center have developed "self-reprogrammable mechanical metamaterials."

Microsoft Says Russian Government Hackers Stole Its Emails
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Microsoft Says Russian Government Hackers Stole Its Emails

Microsoft said hackers working for the Russian government breached its corporate networks recently and stole email from executives and some employees to find out...

Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise
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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

AI's Latest Challenge: The Math Olympics
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AI's Latest Challenge: The Math Olympics

New York University computer scientist Trieu Trinh has developed an AI model that can solve geometry problems from the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits
From ACM TechNews

Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits

Video game developers are benefiting from early access periods.
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