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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time
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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Team says halicin kills some of the world's most dangerous strains.

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
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Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant
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Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant

Tyson Foods will use computer vision to track chicken moving through its plants as part of a plan to invest more in automation and artificial intelligence in order...

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption
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High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption

A McKinsey Global Institute survey offers lessons from high-performing companies on artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, of whom about 3% are realizing outsize...

Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters
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The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters

Datacenters are being decommissioned at a rapid pace.

Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect
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Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

A man convicted for murder is on track to have his conviction overturned, thanks to an algorithm that reanalyzed DNA and pointed to a new suspect. 

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients
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Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients

A new robot has successfully performed its first round of supermicrosurgical procedures.

Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment
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Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment

Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed a smart jumpsuit that measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants.

Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias
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Researchers Have Already Tested YouTube’s Algorithms for Political Bias

More moderation associated with more hate speech and misinformation, not politics.

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet
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Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

Researchers have developed a "smart" diaper equipped with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. 

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds
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Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds

A new high-precision technique can print small, soft objects in three dimensions in seconds.

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says
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Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says

A report from cybersecurity company Malwarebytes concluded that Mac computers are more vulnerable to software threats than Microsoft Windows systems.

AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times
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AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times

Researchers used artificial intelligence to generate accurate machine learning emulator algorithms for accelerating simulations billions of times, for all scientific...

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...
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