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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.

Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations
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Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-scanner payment technology to more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California.

AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters
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AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters

A new artificial intelligence model could warn firefighters of imminent combustion or flashovers.

Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors
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Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors

New mathematical models can assess the use of biomarkers for detecting glioblastomas (GBMs) and their potential for improvement.

Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion
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Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers found congestion control algorithms fail to prevent certain users from taking up all the bandwidth.

Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels
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Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels

Consumers could soon be checking the environmental impact of food items through an eco-labeling system based on work by researchers at the U.K.'s Oxford University...

Encrypted One-Touch Human-Machine Interface Technology Reveals User Physiology
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Encrypted One-Touch Human-Machine Interface Technology Reveals User Physiology

A team of researchers has developed an encrypted, one-touch human-machine interface that can reveal physiological details about users.

How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI
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How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

Artificial intelligence is being used to read and translate cuneiform, helping to recreate ancient libraries by piecing together fragmented tablets and predicting...

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars
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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.

Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers
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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Researchers have found the operators of the Gootkit access-as-a-service malware now are using legal documents to get unsuspecting users to download them.

Streaming from the Future
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Streaming from the Future

A machine learning system can remove buildings from a live view on a mobile device, which could speed up the process of urban renewal.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Found in Space
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Found in Space

Using deep learning to identify and classify astronomically distant objects.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work
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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

Former NASA roboticists who helped developed the Robonaut 2 astronaut assistant robot are part of a research team that has developed a deep-sea robot.

Zooming In to Get the Full Picture
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Zooming In to Get the Full Picture

Scientists have built the most comprehensive single-cell map of embryo development in any animal to date, using the fruit fly as its model.

AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts
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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts

The results of recent research have broad implications for dementia treatment.

Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations
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Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations

A new algorithm automates the process of tracking cargo ships via satellite data.

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks
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Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime
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Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime

Researchers have identified information-sharing initiatives worldwide that aim to better detect fraud and money laundering.

AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes
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AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes

Artificial intelligence taught to identify living and dead mosquitoes could help monitor the species most complicit in transmitting diseases.
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