Google robot can have a conversation but also fetch you

Google’s PaLM-E robot selecting a bag of rice snacksRobotics at Google/TU Berlin A robot from Google has achieved a level of wide-ranging capability that hasn’t been seen before. It can converse with you like a chatbot, answer questions about...

Stone flakes made by monkeys cast doubt on ancient human

Macaques using stones to crack open nutsLydia V. Luncz By using stones to break open nuts, monkeys accidentally create sharp-edged flakes that look like the tools believed to have been used by our ancient human relatives. The finding casts...

NASA’s Webb scores another ringed world with new image of

Following in the footsteps of the Neptune image released in 2022, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has taken a stunning image of the solar system's other ice giant, the planet Uranus. The new image features dramatic rings as well...

Ancient fish hook suggests sharks were hunted off Israel’s coast

The copper fishing hook recently unearthed at a site near Ashkelon in Israel. (Image credit: Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquity Authority)Shark was likely on the menu around 6,000 years ago in what is now Israel, according to researchers who uncovered...

Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over

Editor’s Note (3/21/23): The dangerous fungus Candida auris is spreading rapidly in hospitals and other health care facilities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Monday. Our June 2021 feature story, republished here, explains why C. auris...

AI-equipped eyeglasses read silent speech

Cornell University researchers have developed a silent-speech recognition interface that uses acoustic-sensing and artificial intelligence to continuously recognize up to 31 unvocalized commands, based on lip and mouth movements. The low-power, wearable interface -- called EchoSpeech -- requires just...

Artificial Intelligence Helped Make the Coolest Song You’ve Heard This

SUBSCRIBE: Apple | Spotify Transcript Allison Parshall: This is Scientific American’s Science, Quickly. I’m Allison Parshall. I’m going to play you a song. And I’m willing to bet good money that you’ve never...

Plastic pollution is scourge of English coastal region

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Senegal harvests first experimental homegrown wheat

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High school students may have just discovered an ‘impossible’ proof

Calcea Johnson and Ne'Kiya Jackson presented their findings March 18 at the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting. (Image credit: YouTube screenshot from WWL-TV)Two high school students say they’ve proved the Pythagorean theorem using trigonometry — a...

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