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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

 AI Xenobots
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AI Xenobots

Robots wrought from living cells.

Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic
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Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred consumers to substitute fitting rooms with augmented reality using their smartphones and computers.

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College
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Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers...

Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem
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Google Fixes Smartwatch Security Problem

Google corrected a security vulnerability in its Wear OS smartwatches that could have allowed attackers to crash applications, render the app or the watch unresponsive...

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge
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Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge

Neuroscientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University were named winners of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Sage Bionetworks BEAT-PD DREAM...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish
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Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish

The new chips are made from gallium phosphide.

Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving
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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations.

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return
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Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return

Soccer clubs are turning to technology as the English Premier League looks to restart while complying with numerous health and safety protocols.
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