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Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity
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Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity

An international team of neuroscientists used medical data to record human neural activity of visual processing in exceptional detail.

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes
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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

At the heart of every bot-detection tool is a human's gut feeling—and all the messiness that comes with it.

Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers
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Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

Dartmouth College researchers used data from FitBit users to determine that exercise could be optimized to improve mental and cognitive health.

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses
From ACM TechNews

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses

Wegmans has discontinued the self-checkout SCAN app it rolled out early in the pandemic to offer contactless shopping, citing losses tied to the app.

Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World
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Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World

Software is making inroads into white-collar professions due to innovations enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and fueled by pandemic-surging...

Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations
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Uncovering Hidden Patterns: AI Reduces 100,000-Equation Quantum Physics Problem to Four Equations

Scientists trained a machine learning tool to capture the physics of electrons moving on a lattice using far fewer equations than would typically be required, without...

Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid
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Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid

Computer modeling determined the western U.S. power grid could be strained if electric vehicle owners primarily charging their vehicles at home overnight.

Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars
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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car
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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road...

Neurosymbolic AI
From Communications of the ACM

Neurosymbolic AI

Combining neural networks with symbolic representations might make them more versatile and dependable.

Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks
From Communications of the ACM

Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks

Cybercriminals could be hiding malware payloads in places where commercial cybersecurity software is unable to detect it.
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