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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature normalization and feature attention modules into a hybrid attentive normalization...

Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems
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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems

Researchers have developed a modeling and simulation toolkit to help researchers and city planners determine the specific advantages and disadvantages of urban...

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues
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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips
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AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips

Researchers at India's International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) have developed artificial intelligence that tweaks video footage in real time to...

Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us
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Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us

Computer scientists are using artificial intelligence and digital databases to examine dreams and potentially identify mental issues.

Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression
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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression

A study from Dartmouth College found information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions...

Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years
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Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater datacenter that it sunk off the coast of Orkney in Scotland two years ago, and is analyzing its performance data.

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers
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Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers

A computational model developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory could make Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy a more powerful research tool...

Can AI Detect Dyslexia?
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Can AI Detect Dyslexia?

Researchers try to fill the void of simple, inexpensive dyslexia detection tools with a game, and with handwriting analysis, both supported by artificial intelligence...

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started
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Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started

Cybersecurity researchers have found that hacks on smart devices have climbed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas
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Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas

Dartmouth College researchers discovered pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas using drones equipped with LiDAR and infrared and thermal imaging.

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19
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$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation named the University of Washington's David Baker to receive $3 million for his use of computers to design complex molecules.

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances
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Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances

The City Council of Portland, OR, on Wednesday adopted two landmark ordinances barring city and private usage of facial recognition technology.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...
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