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NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted
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NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Scientists warn of a possible disconnect between the power of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's James Webb Space Telescope and current datasets...

Simulation Aids Search for the Origin of Cosmic Rays
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Simulation Aids Search for the Origin of Cosmic Rays

An international research team has developed a computer simulation of the propagation of cosmic rays, to help in the search for their sources.

Decoding Canine Cognition
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Decoding Canine Cognition

Emory University researchers have decoded visual images from a dog's brain.

AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond
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AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond

Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in refugee relief and resettlement programs.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative
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AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative

The Composable Diffusion model can help artificial intelligence-based image generators produce more complex imagery with better comprehension.

Facial Recognition May Reveal Maine Harbor Seal Lifestyles
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Facial Recognition May Reveal Maine Harbor Seal Lifestyles

Facial recognition software could provide scientists with insights into the behavior of harbor seals in Maine.

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus
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Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A three-dimensionally printed wearable device features an ultraviolet and visible light detector to correlate light exposure with symptom flare-ups in people with...

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate
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Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate

The Cerco company, in partnership with French teleco Orange, is rolling out a "superphone" equipped with a voice assistant in the Ivory Coast.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue
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English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue

An image-based benchmark could overcome cultural bias stemming from machine learning (ML) training datasets being written in English.

Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks
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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks

An international team of researchers developed a system that can read lips accurately through face masks using radio-frequency sensing and artificial intelligence...

Neural Networks Predict Forces in Jammed Granular Solids
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Neural Networks Predict Forces in Jammed Granular Solids

A team of researchers used machine learning and computer simulations to create a tool for predicting force chains within granular solids.

Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications
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Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications

A new computational model can forecast how doping semiconductor material zinc selenide with halogen elements chlorine and fluorine changes its optical properties...

Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time
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Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time

According to the teen, the software is four times more accurate than existing state-of-the-art detection methods.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories
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Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

An algorithm developed by researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology can predict how fast enzymes work based on the sequence of amino acids that...

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.
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