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Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
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Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed

Researchers used computer simulations and motion capture to simulate how birds optimize their landing maneuvers.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

Using AI to Fight Food Fraud
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Using AI to Fight Food Fraud

The use of artificial intelligence to test food and beverages to determine whether labels accurately indicate their content.

Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.

Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI
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Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI

The team named the combination of data from different MRI methods with multiclass machine learning 'radiophysiomics.'

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight
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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Fireflies inspired researchers to build flying, light-emitting robots that facilitate motion tracking and communication.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
From ACM TechNews

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer
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Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer

Researchers created a probabilistic computer model that rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells to identify cancer-driving mutations.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.
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