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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.

AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles
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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey.

'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge
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'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge

Security researchers have found that the supposedly hard-to-counterfeit digital driver's licenses in use in New South Wales, Australia, actually can be altered...

Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily
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Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily

Real-time bidding is a process that runs in the background on websites and apps and tracks what you look at, no matter how private or sensitive it is.

U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents
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U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents

The U.S. software company brands itself as "the world's largest facial network" holding billions of face photographs from the Internet.

Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning
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Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning

Officials in Barcelona, Spain, are using the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's MareNostrum supercomputer to improve urban planning with a digital twin of the city...

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census
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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors
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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

A team of scientists in Japan has developed a multitasking weather sensor that measures rain volumes and wind speeds.

Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life
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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

The new Deep Learning for Unsupervised Clustering of DNA Sequences technique draws taxonomic relationships between organisms via unsupervised machine learning. ...

Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals
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Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

U.S. and South Korean researchers have designed a bioelectronic pacifier to monitor the electrolyte levels of infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients
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Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how cancer could elevate the probability of spinal fractures by creating digital twins...

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks
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Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks

Scientists have created a deep learning algorithm that analyzes social network content to help diagnose users' potential for mental health problems.

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing
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Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health.

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
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Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...
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