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AI Tool Discovers Supernova
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AI Tool Discovers Supernova

An international team of researchers created an artificial intelligence-based system able to discover and verify supernovas.

How AI Is Helping Historians Better Understand Our Past
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How AI Is Helping Historians Better Understand Our Past

The historians of tomorrow are using computer science to analyze how people lived centuries ago.

Smartphone Attachment Could Increase Racial Fairness in Neurological Screening
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Smartphone Attachment Could Increase Racial Fairness in Neurological Screening

A new smartphone attachment could be used for low-cost neurological screenings, to ensure accurate results regardless of the user's skin tone.

Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings
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Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings

Officials at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London announced earlier this year that sensors would be installed in campus buildings. Staff and students are...

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

Facial recognition software is speeding up check-in at airports, cruise ships and theme parks, but experts worry about risks to security and privacy.

The GitHub Black Market That Helps Coders Cheat the Popularity Contest
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The GitHub Black Market That Helps Coders Cheat the Popularity Contest

Popularity on GitHub can open valuable doors for developers and startups. Underground stores sell "stars" on the platform, offering coders a way to literally fake...

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
From ACM TechNews

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

The use of facial recognition software to expedite admission to venues like airports and theme parks is raising privacy and security concerns among experts.

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.

Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers
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Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Southampton built a climate change-monitoring sensor that can be airlifted by drone onto glaciers to measure the effects...

A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
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A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table

A new study describes a method for faster and more precise diagnoses, which can help surgeons decide how aggressively to operate.

Can AI Crave a Favorite Food?
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Can AI Crave a Favorite Food?

Pennsylvania State University' researchers emulated taste's influence on food cravings with an electronic "tongue" and "gustatory cortex" made from two-dimensional...

Wearables Track Parkinson's Better Than Human Observation, Study Finds
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Wearables Track Parkinson's Better Than Human Observation, Study Finds

The study's authors concluded the sensors proved more effective at tracking the disease progression "than the conventionally used clinical rating scales."   ...

Quantum Repeaters Use Defects in Diamond to Interconnect Quantum Systems
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Quantum Repeaters Use Defects in Diamond to Interconnect Quantum Systems

Scientists are now leveraging defects in diamonds to construct quantum repeaters.

Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It
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Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It

A team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a way to produce clear images of anyone's internal anatomy, no matter their skin tone.

Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time
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Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time

Several companies have started marketing "live-captioning glasses" to help hearing-impaired users communicate by overlaying real-time transcribed speech on the...

AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers
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AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers

A study by independent U.K. biologist Sholto David found that artificial intelligence can identify image manipulation in research papers faster and more accurately...

'Impossible' Millimeter Wave Sensor Has Wide Potential
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'Impossible' Millimeter Wave Sensor Has Wide Potential

A proof-of-concept sensor for millimeter wave radars can detect vibrations 1,000 times smaller and target-position changes 100 times smaller than a strand of human...

Unequal Park Quality Exposed Using Social Media, Machine Learning
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Unequal Park Quality Exposed Using Social Media, Machine Learning

The study uses social media and machine learning to show environmental injustices in Philadelphia's urban parks.

Inherit the Wind
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Inherit the Wind

Wind forecasting is entering the age of artificial intelligence.
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