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AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans
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AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans

The Stable Diffusion artificial intelligence algorithm can read functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans to replicate images people have recently...

Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California
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Drone Maps Previously Uncharted Ocean Floors Off Alaska, California

The Saildrone Surveyor unmanned surface vehicle has completed the mapping of the previously uncharted ocean floor off the Alaska and California coasts.

Mini Robot Enters Blood Vessels, Completes Surgery
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Mini Robot Enters Blood Vessels, Completes Surgery

Researchers recently demonstrated that a miniature robot could travel autonomously to a superficial femoral artery in a pig, deliver contrast dye, and return safely...

Scientists Make Biosensor for Crop Blight
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Scientists Make Biosensor for Crop Blight

A molecular sensing system used by researchers at Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem can enter plant cells to identify potential crop diseases.

COVID Modelers Expand their Missions
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COVID Modelers Expand their Missions

Team science is writ (very) large.

Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak
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Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by a global team led by researchers at New York University can identify existing drugs that could be repurposed during...

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications
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Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications

A new algorithm hides sensitive information in a way that makes it impossible to detect anything has been concealed.

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract
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System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract

Researchers have created a system that three-dimensionally tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech
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Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech

Bimal Viswanath and his colleagues amassed one of the largest datasets of AI-manipulated media in existence, to explore ways to detect and disarm weaponized media...

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms
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Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms

Startup Palmear has developed a device that uses acoustic artificial intelligence to identify early signs of red palm weevil infestations of date palm trees.

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours
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AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

This marked the first time a bot took control of a military jet.
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