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The Beatles' New Song 'Now and Then' Used AI to Lift Out John Lennon's Voice
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The Beatles' New Song 'Now and Then' Used AI to Lift Out John Lennon's Voice

Technology has come a long way since the last time Paul McCartney released new Beatles tracks.

NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere
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NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it conducted tests to prepare its Dragonfly rotorcraft lander to explore Saturn's moon Titan.

Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive
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Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive

Computer scientists created a more inclusive, more accurate genetic prediction model by using computational and statistical techniques to study individuals' unique...

Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics
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Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics

The FibeRobo programmable fiber can change shape in response to temperature changes.

Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting
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Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting

A team of scientists in the U.S. and New Zealand used the Icefin underwater robot to explore Antarctic ice crevasses to better understand their role in rising global...

The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off
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The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off

Automaker General Motors has released a suite of open source application programming interfaces so software developers can build apps that integrate with connected...

Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking
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Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking

A study by Northeastern University researchers found that notifications to iPhone users of their close proximity to an unknown AirTag are not timely and can be...

AI Tool Discovers Supernova
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AI Tool Discovers Supernova

An international team of researchers created an artificial intelligence-based system able to discover and verify supernovas.

NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space
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NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration three-dimensionally-printed an aluminum rocket engine nozzle that could enable deep space exploration with...

Smartphone Attachment Could Increase Racial Fairness in Neurological Screening
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Smartphone Attachment Could Increase Racial Fairness in Neurological Screening

A new smartphone attachment could be used for low-cost neurological screenings, to ensure accurate results regardless of the user's skin tone.

Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings
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Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings

Officials at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London announced earlier this year that sensors would be installed in campus buildings. Staff and students are...

N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers
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N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers

Proposed legislation would require subjecting consumers to criminal history background checks before permitting them to purchase certain three-dimensional printers...

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

Facial recognition software is speeding up check-in at airports, cruise ships and theme parks, but experts worry about risks to security and privacy.

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability
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Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability

Researchers demonstrated that nerve impulse-driven robotic prosthetic ankles enable more natural and stable movement by amputees.

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions
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Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions

Amazon is testing a drone delivery service for prescription drugs in College Station, TX, with plans to expand the service to other markets in the future.

Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says
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Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says

Venture with GM, Cruise aims to eventually have 500 robotaxis.

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

The use of facial recognition software to expedite admission to venues like airports and theme parks is raising privacy and security concerns among experts.

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.
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