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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch
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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

An artificial intelligence-trained computer learned to play football from scratch, using digital players.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.

Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water
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Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water

Vibrations from a smartphone's ringtone can be used to measure a liquid's viscosity, according to researchers at China's Shenzhen University.

AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease
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AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease

Northwestern University researchers used artificial intelligence to assess pain levels in patients with sickle cell disease, based on their vital signs.

Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them
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Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them

Researchers have built a mobile wildfire simulation application that provides personalized evacuation routes to anyone in the path of a fire.

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings
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Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings

Researchers in China were inspired by a golden eagle to build a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench
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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench

A silicone rubber submersible robot engineered by researchers at China's Zhejiang University successfully withstood the immense pressures in the Mariana trench....

Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes
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Google Uses Underwater Fiber-Optic Cable to Detect Earthquakes

A submarine fiber-optic cable owned by Google was used by researchers to detect earthquakes and ocean waves generated by storms.

Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue
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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

Researchers have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is
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Robot Can Understand What a Hug Is

A prototype soft robot developed by researchers at Cornell University is imbued with sensory perception.

Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing
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Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing

A machine learning system can be used with voice assistants to detect typing on touchscreens nearby, using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to determine what...

AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos
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AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey employed a neural network to render spoken language as sign language.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms
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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.

Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy
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Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy

Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research have developed a mathematical model for more accurately predicting race times from the data assembled...

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance
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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph...

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance
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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional...
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