Two algorithms left to their own devices ended up colluding with one another

Two algorithms left to their own devices ended up colluding with one another

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s nearly impossible to predict the impact that competing, or even collaborating, algorithms will have on business, and as our society depends on them more, that’s a problem.   Last year Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents made up their own language to talk to one...

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First came robots, then robotic plants that grow

First came robots, then robotic plants that grow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Robotic plants could help find mines and pollutants buried in soil, or be used to explore alien planets for signs of organic material.   Plants are getting a lot of attention all of a sudden, whether it’s from researchers who are trying to turn them...

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Lamborghini’s futuristic all electric, self healing hyper car won’t have batteries

Lamborghini’s futuristic all electric, self healing hyper car won’t have batteries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s likely that our flirtation with battery packs in cars won’t last as long as we think as new wirelessly charged cars start emerging, and as new materials let the cars themselves become the batteries.   Lamborghini and MIT recently introduced the Terzo Millennio concept, which...

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European Space Agency’s new Ion thruster runs on thin air

European Space Agency’s new Ion thruster runs on thin air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When satellites and rockets burn all their fuel they inevitably fall back to Earth and crash, but what if they didn’t need to carry fuel in the first place? That would change the economics of space flight…   While ion thrusters are a promising propulsion...

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Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

Wireless charging, the next frontier for electric vehicles gains traction

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just as countries are starting to get used to the idea of rolling out fixed electric vehicle charging stations a new technology is emerging on the scene that could quickly render them obsolete.   Just as we are beginning to get used to the idea...

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Paper made from stone is transforming the paper industry

Paper made from stone is transforming the paper industry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For thousands of years paper has been made using pulp from trees, but a few years ago that changed and now paper made from stone is hitting the shelves in a big way.   If you haven’t heard of paper that’s made from stone before...

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Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light can behave in strange ways but now that scientists have managed to turn it into a superfluid at room temperature we could see new breakthroughs in communications and computing.   Light only travels in straight lines, or does it? Scientists have known for centuries...

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New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

New nanomaterial exploits radiation to create more powerful nuclear reactors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Todays nuclear reactors are limited by their operating temperatures, this new nanoceramic material could dramatically increase the temperatures they can operate at and increase both their power production and efficiency   An international team of researchers have created a nanoceramic material that not only can...

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