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The Fickleness of Fame
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The Fickleness of Fame

Scientists tracked media mentions of people who died between 2009 and 2014 to gauge how long recently deceased public figures remain in collective memory.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing
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Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science
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Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science

Brief exposure to an infographic about the scientific process could strengthen people's trust in science and mitigate COVID-19 misinformation.

Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases
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Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases

The Fabric GEM algorithm was able to detect disease-causing variants in infants with rare diseases at six leading genomic centers and hospitals with high accuracy...

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
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Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection
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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules
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7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards
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Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards

Canadian and U.K. scientists have developed a new technique for generating a watershed-scale flood risk model based on LiDAR data.

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom
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Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

As the world becomes more digital, governments want to have more control over people's online presence.

Cutting Through the Noise
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Cutting Through the Noise

Artificial intelligence enables high-fidelity quantum computing.

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing
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These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

Researchers have shown that a specific neural network can learn the cause-and-effect structure of a navigation task it is taught.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
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Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Pennsylvania State University scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents.  

Data Mining the Past
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Data Mining the Past

Researchers have developed an algorithm to convert old newspapers into searchable data by identifying and ranking people's names in order of their importance.

Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane
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Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane

Stanford University researchers have unveiled a $400 self-navigating robotic cane that can help visually impaired users detect and avoid obstacles.

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience
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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.

Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities
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Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities

The University of Wyoming's Pejman Tahmasebi and Tao Bai have invented a machine learning model that boosts the accuracy of earthquake detection.

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.
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