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From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses
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From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses

Spectrally encoded enhanced representations  is a new color spectrum identification method that provides greater clarity and works faster and at greater definition...

Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions
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Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions

Researchers at Google have developed a set of components for evaluating algorithmic fairness in simulated social environments.

The End of Internet Freedom?
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The End of Internet Freedom?

Russia and other countries are turning to more stringent Internet controls that threaten the free flow of information.

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet
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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and...

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells
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Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

A new computer system used deep learning to teach itself to accurately predict extreme weather events like heat waves and cold spells, based on a minimal amount...

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth
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Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth

A new three-dimensional simulation  combines the macroscopic scale of tissue with the microscopic scale of individual cells to realistically model the mechano-biology...

Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter
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Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter

Researchers have created a dataset for training future autonomous vehicles to drive in winter conditions.

Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier
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Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier

A robotic submarine captured the first-ever images of the foundations on the ocean floor of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help
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Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

A new artificial intelligence model can predict the extent of students' absorption of knowledge via educational gameplay.

World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language
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World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Lingdong Huang has created the first programming language based on classical Chinese.

What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?
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What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?

Researchers in Switzerland are using machine learning algorithms, geographical information systems, and physical models to estimate the overall photovoltaic potential...

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over
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Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit
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Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook has agreed to play $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.
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