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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid
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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes
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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms
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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

A new program of the Open Wearables Initiative is designed to identify open source algorithms that may become de facto industry standards.

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways
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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

Researchers have computationally harnessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms to identify disease pathways.

National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation
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National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation

A national task force is recommending the use of a new diagnostic equation for measuring kidney function that eliminates race from the algorithm.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself
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'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data
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There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data

A huge but little-known industry has cropped up around monetizing people's movements.

Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions
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Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions

A study suggests pretrial risk assessment algorithms increase the likelihood that judges will change their priorities in making pretrial decisions.

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response
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AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

An artificial intelligence technique can determine which neoantigens (cell surface peptides generated by cancer cells) are recognized by the immune system.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers increasingly ask AI whether anybody is out there.

Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets
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Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets

A new algorithm enables the smallest, most relevant subset of features to be selected from high-dimensional datasets.

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar
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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar

Radar is one of the most popular new technologies for next-generation auto safety systems.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth
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SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

Researchers have developed a method for locating a position on Earth using signals broadcast by SpaceX's Starlink Internet service satellites.
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