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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells
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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells

A team of researchers combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence to identify previously unknown components of human cells.

One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb
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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb

Spiderwebs inspired researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors.

Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions
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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone
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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can find tiny spy cameras concealed in everyday objects, using smartphones' time-of-flight sensor.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...

EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms
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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms

New research warns 80% of the European Union's top pharmaceutical companies are "critically exposed" to cyberattack due to poor security postures.

Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans
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Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans

Scientists have developed a predictive computer model that expresses animal cardiac research as human-specific insights.

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.
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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

Joana Bruno at Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona digitally replicated the faces of 36 people buried at the ancient European settlement of La Almoloya. ...

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration
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Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration

A new machine learning predictive model for hospitalized cancer patients integrates heterogeneous data in electronic health records.

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
From Communications of the ACM

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
From Communications of the ACM

What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes
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Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes

A new artificial intelligence technique can identify possible atrial fibrillation, which can lead to blood clots and strokes.

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations
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AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations

Researchers have trained a generative adversarial network to create refractory high-entropy alloys that can maintain their strength in ultra-high temperatures. ...

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...
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