Limbless robots may not need lots of complex algorithms when they have mechanical intelligence.
Robots often have a hard time navigating through debris, but robots designed based on worms and snakes could move around obstacles faster, thanks to an idea called mechanical intelligence.
The cut flowers could pay for themselves and even turn a profit.
Phosphorus and nitrogen contribute to water pollution and cause harmful algal blooms. New research shows how mats of floating flower beds can take advantage of these nutrients while cleaning the water.
Cotton in bloom in Oklahoma.
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Cotton is one of the world’s largest crops and is harvested with large, heavy machines. Robotic harvesting could yield higher-quality cotton with less damage to plants and soil.
Would flattery from an AI set your heart aflutter?
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Tech companies are offering AI companions as a convenient cure for the loneliness epidemic, but there have been other forms of faux relationships, and they tend to have more to do with ego than heart.
Language can steer your heart in unexpected ways.
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Words have power, and what vocabulary you have at your disposal to describe your relationships with other people can shape what directions those relationships can take.
The FCC is responding to the threat of deepfakes.
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Deepfake technology is widely available, and a pivotal election year lies ahead. The FCC banned AI robocalls, but AI-enhanced disinformation campaigns remain a threat.
A bad feeling can trigger behavior that leads to something better.
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Lots of people will do a lot to avoid feeling negative emotions. But researchers are figuring out how these unpleasant feelings actually have benefits.
Handshakes between glycans are one way cells recognize each other.
Sugar molecules called glycans cover the surface of all cells, acting as ID cards that broadcast what they are to the rest of the body.
Predictive policing aimed to identify crime hot spots and ‘chronic’ offenders but missed the mark.
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Predictive policing has been a bust. The Department of Justice nurtured the technology from researchers’ minds to corporate production lines and into the hands of police departments.
Studying embryogenesis is key to unraveling the mysteries of early life.
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Early human development is a complex, multistep process that’s even more complicated to study in the lab. Models made from stem cells avoid some of the trouble with using real human embryos.