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Hallucinating to Better Text Translation
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Hallucinating to Better Text Translation

Scientists developed the VALHALLA machine learning method to hallucinate images of written words, and using those to help translate that text into target languages...

ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields
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ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields

Ohio State University researchers combined machine learning and flying drones into a tool for assessing the health of crop fields.

Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow
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Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow

Computer scientists can now solve a decades-old problem in practically the time it takes to write it down.

Scientists Use Robots to Reveal How Predatory Fish Cope with Unpredictable Prey
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Scientists Use Robots to Reveal How Predatory Fish Cope with Unpredictable Prey

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Bristol used robots to demonstrate how predators adapt to overcome unpredictable behavior by their prey.

'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G
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'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G

A beam-steering antenna can boost the efficiency of data transmission across the millimeter wave spectrum.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
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Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

Great Timing, Supercomputer Upgrade Leads to Successful Forecast of Volcanic Eruption
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Great Timing, Supercomputer Upgrade Leads to Successful Forecast of Volcanic Eruption

A multi-institutional team of scientists used a forecasting modeling program to predict the June 2018 Sierra Negra volcanic eruption on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands...

Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain
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Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain

Researchers created an odor delivery device, then used machine learning to analyze electroencephalograms to determine how the brain processes scents.

Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue
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Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue

Deere & Co. hopes to drive up revenue by emulating Apple's business strategy and melding state-of-the-art hardware, software, and subscription models.

Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines
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Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines

Researchers at Japan's Waseda University have developed a hybrid algorithm to improve Ising machines' efficiency with multi-spin flips.

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them
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Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth....

AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping
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AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping

Neural Voice Camouflage technology can help prevent eavesdropping by producing custom background noise.

Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch
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Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch

A study of 164 government-endorsed education technology products found 146 endangered children's privacy by collecting and selling their data to ad tech companies...

AI Predicts Potential Nutrient Deficiencies from Space
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AI Predicts Potential Nutrient Deficiencies from Space

Geographic areas with populations at high risk of micronutrient deficiencies can be identified using publicly available satellite data and artificial intelligence...

Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network
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Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University scientists have unveiled a smart version of a transient pacemaker, which dissolvesView...

Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?
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Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?

Saratoga, CA-based Mojo is one of a number of companies currently testing smart contact lens products.

Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail
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Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail

Duke University researchers have developed an approach that allows for real-time scanning and imaging of blood flow and oxygen levels in a mouse brain.

An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid
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An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid

Researchers have invented technology that could reduce strain on the national power grid by controlling residential appliances more efficiently.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance
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Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance

A  new system protects privacy in wireless communications based on intelligent reflective surfaces.
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