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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain
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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.

Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs
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Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a tracking system to monitor the migration of monarch butterflies to specific mountain peaks in central Mexico...

Interactive Tools May Help People Become Big Data Journalists
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Interactive Tools May Help People Become Big Data Journalists

Researchers say people could use interactive tools to navigate, save, and tailor online content to extract meaning from big data.

Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human
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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.

Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves
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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

An international research team lleveraged machine learning to model how waves break, which could help improve the design of offshore structures and climate prediction...

Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries
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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out
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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough
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Deep Learning Techniques Lead to Materials Imaging Breakthrough

Researchers have created two new deep learning methods.

Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'
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Biden DHS Creates New Board to Police 'Disinformation'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is starting a new office, the Disinformation Governance Board, that will focus on countering "misinformation" and "disinformation...

China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'
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China's Weibo Shows User Locations to Combat 'Bad Behavior'

Chinese social media application Weibo will publish users' Internet Protocol  addresses on their account pages and when they post comments, in order to rein in...

Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage
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Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage

Texas A&M University researchers demonstrated that unsupervised machine learning algorithms could analyze data from a geological carbon sequestration site to determine...

Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection
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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection

Developers can begin declaring how they use collected data, with a deadline of July 20 to complete their submissions.

Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document
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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document

"We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data," Facebook engineers say in leaked document.

Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics
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Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics

Researchers have proposed a new machine learning method to accelerate the counting and classification of microplastics, while also boosting affordability and ease...

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood
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House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Despite millions of dollars in losses, iBuying's failure doesn't signal the end of tech-led disruption, just a fumbled beginning.

Estimating the Informativeness of Data
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Estimating the Informativeness of Data

MIT researchers can now estimate how much information data are likely to contain, in a more accurate and scalable way than previous methods.

NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program
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NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program

Start-up Beagle Technology addresses agricultural labor shortage and cost issues with new automated pruning technology for the wine industry.
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