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Unlocking the Covid Code
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Unlocking the Covid Code

Scientists can now sequence an entire genome overnight. This technology has been the key tool in identifying and tracking Covid variants.

Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.
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Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.

The advice from research on coffee, and nutrition more generally, always seems to be changing. Processing vast amounts of data could help us pin it down.

Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber
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Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

New defense plans for the next decade come with a strong focus on new technologies, pitching leaner but more effective armed forces.

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving
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Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

A support system to help the visually impaired navigate tactile paving includes an image processing algorithm to make paving detection independent of color thresholds...

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line
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Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line

Scientists have engineered a predictive model and closed-loop controller for a soft swimming robot.

Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI
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Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI

Human rights groups are worried about a potential "digital dictatorship" in Myanmar due to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor citizens' movements.

Molecular Simulations Uncover How Kinase Mutations Lead to Cancer Progression
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Molecular Simulations Uncover How Kinase Mutations Lead to Cancer Progression

New molecular models can help researchers understand kinase mutations' mechanism of cancerous progression.

Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools
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Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools

Researchers are using a new sensor system to remotely monitor freshwater mussels, as a means of detect harmful toxins in the waters in which they live.

Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
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Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal

A recent paper set the fastest record for multiplying two matrices. But it also marks the end of the line for a method researchers have relied on for decades to...

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets
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Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets

Researchers said a technique called Polymer Substrate Fingerprinting could be used to identify the unique, unclonable “fingerprints” of Bank of England banknotes...

AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease
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AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease

Northwestern University researchers used artificial intelligence to assess pain levels in patients with sickle cell disease, based on their vital signs.

System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered
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System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medication.

Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression
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Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression

Computer scientists  have created a new framework and visualization tool that applies deep reinforcement learning to symbolic regression problems.

Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages
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Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages

New lip-reading software can learn from its users continuously.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.
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