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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.

Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires
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Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires

New technologies are being deployed to predict, monitor, and fight wildfires as their frequency and ferocity grow.

Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition.

Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages
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Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages

Robotic logistics is helping to mitigate labor shortages and other supply-chain disruptions in the U.K.

The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work
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The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work

Naturally, rumors are spreading about the origins of Bitcoin.

Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property
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Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property

Scientists have built the WildfireDB dataset for simulating the spread of wildfires to help study wildfires and guide emergency response and evacuations.

Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones
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Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones

Artificial intelligence-equipped cameras have spotted more than 270,000 drivers using phones while driving in New South Wales, Australia, since March 2020.

Algorithm Shows Under the Right Conditions, Mosquitoes Flourish in Winter
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Algorithm Shows Under the Right Conditions, Mosquitoes Flourish in Winter

A machine learning-based algorithm can precisely forecast microclimatic temperature within breeding grounds of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery
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Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery

The deep learning GeoMol model can rapidly predict the three-dimensional shapes of drug-like molecules, which could expedite drug discovery.

Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries
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Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries

Researchers have developed a mobile robot system that tree nurseries could deploy to remove weeds without the use of herbicides.

How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like
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How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like

The technology, seen as a "gamechanger" for forensic science, raises privacy and racial profiling issues.

Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun
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Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun

Amazon Web Services has donated cloud computing time to help climate scientists create simulations of the Earth from 2035 to 2070.

Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions
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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments...

High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease
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High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease

Duke University scientists have engineered a holographic system that can image and analyze tens of thousands of cells per minute to identify disease indicators....

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.

Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health
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Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

"Social determinants of health have really come to the forefront in terms of who has been most greatly impacted."

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack
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Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.

Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development
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Baidu in Partnership with Sanofi to Use Its Algorithm in mRNA Vaccine, Therapy Development

Baidu has licensed its algorithm for messenger RNA sequencing to Sanofi SA, the Chinese tech giant's first commercial deal with a global drugmaker.
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