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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?
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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible...

Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools
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Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

The pandemic caused schools to embrace laptops, tablets, Zoom, and an app called GoGuardian that tracks everything students (and, sometimes, parents) do online....

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes
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ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

Researchers at South Africa's University of Johannesburg have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be enhanced significantly for medical purposes. ...

'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator
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'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

The PodoSighter tool identifies early indicators of kidney disease by detecting podocytes, a specialized kidney cell damaged during early-stage kidney disease. ...

Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation
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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils
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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.

Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning
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Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning

Researchers at Australia's Curtin University and the Geological Survey of Western Australia are using deep learning to analyze geochemical data to expand mineral...

Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients
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Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients

Researchers used ensemble-based machine learning algorithms to forecast patients' response to cancer-fighting drugs with high accuracy.

Mapping the Mind's Eye
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Mapping the Mind's Eye

Researchers used applied differential geometry to develop a framework to quantify retinotopic maps in V1, one of 14 areas of the brain devoted to visual processing...

Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes
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Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes

Researchers have enhanced computer modeling to better predict the lift and drag of an airplane's structure, without slowing the speed of calculation.

Imaging System Captures Text From Barely Open Books
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Imaging System Captures Text From Barely Open Books

A new imaging methodology developed by the University of Rochester's Gregory Heyworth and colleagues can capture text from extremely fragile books.

Social Media, AI Can Measure Aesthetic Quality of Landscapes
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Social Media, AI Can Measure Aesthetic Quality of Landscapes

Researchers used deep learning to develop a model that can factor people's aesthetic enjoyment of a landscape into ecosystem service assessments.

A Way to Measure Tech Complexity
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A Way to Measure Tech Complexity

An international team of scientists developed a method of quantifying technological complexity through the measurement of fluid human actions.

How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas
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How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas

Just-in-time shipping is dead. Long live supply chains stress-tested with AI digital twins.

Facebook Wrestles With the Features It Used to Define Social Networking
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Facebook Wrestles With the Features It Used to Define Social Networking

Likes and shares made the social media site what it is. Now, company documents show, it's struggling to deal with their effects.

Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets
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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets

Researchers at Twitter found that the social media platform amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources...

Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards
From ACM TechNews

Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards

Egyptian border agents have released a British-built robot after detaining it at customs for 10 days.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.
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