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mind-control robot

MIND CONTROL  Robots that are sensitive to brain and muscle signals from a human supervisor (like the drill-wielding bot shown here) could make for better assistants in factories or homes.

world map of submarine fiber-optic cables

MOTION OF THE OCEAN FLOOR  The network of submarine fiber-optic cables that deliver work e-mails and cat videos to computers around the world could double as undersea earthquake detectors. Existing cables are shown in purple; planned cables are in blue.

people at a cocktail party

LISTENING IN  A new AI filters out background conversations and other noise in videos to isolate what a single person on screen is saying.

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