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How Do Insects Navigate More Efficiently Than Robots?

With a brain the size of a pinhead, insects perform fantastic navigational feats. They avoid obstacles and move through small openings. How do they do this, with their limited brain power?
A curl of smoke on a black background.

Sensor Made From “Frozen Smoke” Can Detect Toxic Formaldehyde in Homes and Offices

Researchers have developed a sensor made from "frozen smoke" that uses artificial intelligence techniques to detect formaldehyde in real-time at very low concentrations.
An outline of a brain with AI and Chat GPT written across it.

Scientists Code ChatGPT To Design New Drug Compounds

Generative AI like ChatGPT can do more than help write emails — it can also design new drugs to treat disease, reports a new study that shows how AI can generate unique molecular structures as potential drugs.
A black woman.

AI Could Alleviate Difficulties When Diagnosing Skin Disease in Darker Skin

Dermatologists and general practitioners are somewhat less accurate in diagnosing disease in darker skin, a new study finds. Used correctly, AI may be able to help.
E coli.

New Tool Decodes Microbial Metabolism Mysteries

Using a database of over 60,000 microorganisms curated by researchers from across the globe, the new search tool instantly matches microbes to the metabolites they produce.
A map of the world.

AI-Aided Map Shows Global Ammonia Pollution

A new computational framework provides a detailed assessment of ammonia emissions from global croplands and identifies practices that could curb release of the gas.
Simulated image of an egg and sperm cell at fertilization.

Supercomputer Simulates Protein Complex That Initiates Human Fertilization

Researchers recently developed highly realistic simulations of the proteins on sperm and egg cells coupling together before they fuse. These findings enabled the research team to solve several mysteries of fertilisation at once.
A young child reads a book, pointing at pictures.

AI Learns Through the Eyes and Ears of a Child

A research team has trained a neural network through the eyes and ears of a child, using inputs from headcam videos. The research could reshape our understanding of early language and concept acquisition.

Promising Heart Drug Identified With Machine Learning

UVA researchers have identified a promising new drug, using AI, to treat harmful scarring that can occur after heart attacks and other injuries.
Embryonic development.

Virus Guides Embryo Development After Infecting Primitive Organisms Millions of Years Ago

Millions of years ago, ancient retroviruses infected some of the world’s earliest organisms. Now, the remnants of their genome in modern organism's DNA helps to shape the process of embryonic development.