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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb
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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb

Spiderwebs inspired researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone
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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can find tiny spy cameras concealed in everyday objects, using smartphones' time-of-flight sensor.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...

EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms
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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms

New research warns 80% of the European Union's top pharmaceutical companies are "critically exposed" to cyberattack due to poor security postures.

Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans
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Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans

Scientists have developed a predictive computer model that expresses animal cardiac research as human-specific insights.

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.
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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

Joana Bruno at Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona digitally replicated the faces of 36 people buried at the ancient European settlement of La Almoloya. ...

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration
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Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration

A new machine learning predictive model for hospitalized cancer patients integrates heterogeneous data in electronic health records.

Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes
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Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes

A new artificial intelligence technique can identify possible atrial fibrillation, which can lead to blood clots and strokes.

Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started
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Apple's Plan to Scan Handset Images Stopped Before It Started

When Apple announced its plan to scan iCloud Photos for child pornography, privacy groups were quick to condemn it.

AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations
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AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations

Researchers have trained a generative adversarial network to create refractory high-entropy alloys that can maintain their strength in ultra-high temperatures. ...

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...

What's in the Water?
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What's in the Water?

Researchers have mapped the global pathways of nitrogen and pathogens from human wastewater.

AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages
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AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages

A neural network model developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo enables computer-based analysis of text in 11 African languages.

The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You
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The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You

In-cabin sensors can help customize the passenger experience.

First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change
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First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change

A new database shows the movement of the river centerlines of the 48 most threatened deltas in the world over the past 40 years.

Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data
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Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data

The Benthic Rover II robot has spent seven years collecting deep-sea data 140 miles off California's coast.

Key Witness Helps Scientists Detect 'Spooky' Quantum Entanglement in Solid Materials
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Key Witness Helps Scientists Detect 'Spooky' Quantum Entanglement in Solid Materials

Researchers have devised a viable "quantum entanglement witness" for proving the existence of spooky quantum entanglement in solid materials.
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