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An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI
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An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI

Researchers printed encoded data using a carbon nanoparticle-based ink that can be read only by an artificial intelligence model when exposed to ultraviolet light...

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers
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An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An artificial neural network can autonomously recognize and quantify the edges of glaciers in satellite images with far greater reliability than humans.

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.

How Much Does It Itch?
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How Much Does It Itch?

A soft, wearable sensor developed by Northwestern University scientists can measure the itchiness suffered by children with atopic dermatitis (eczema).

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life
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ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

A machine learning technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M University enables users to produce novel views of a scene from a single photo.

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study
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Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

A multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia.

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test
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Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics designed a technique to search for simulation models that evaluate specific behaviors of automated driving...

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection
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Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection

Researchers have developed a deepfake detection method for supporting mission-essential tasks.

'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound
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'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound

The means for equipping everyday objects with a bat-like sense of their surroundings has been developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow.

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?
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Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other...

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated
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Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated

A group of Stanford University researchers wanted to know how much regulators and doctors actually know about the accuracy of the AI devices they are tout and approve...

Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?
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Can the 'Belief Propagation' Algorithm Accurately Describe Complex Networked Systems?

Researchers have demonstrated a novel belief propagation algorithm to solve probabilistic models on networks containing short loops.

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images
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A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images

Researchers used satellite photos of three cities and manipulation of video and audio files to identify new methods of detecting deepfake satellite images.

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams
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Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers found that next-generation sensors and controls used with high-performance computing, analytics, and machine learning could minimize road congestion...

How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?
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How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?

Researchers say it is possible to use mirrors to generate a light beam with multiple classical entanglements.

How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run
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How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

Building owners are using data collection and artificial intelligence to help control systems like heating, lighting, air quality, and even the flow of workers....
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