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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes
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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways
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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

Researchers have computationally harnessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms to identify disease pathways.

National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation
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National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation

A national task force is recommending the use of a new diagnostic equation for measuring kidney function that eliminates race from the algorithm.

Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era
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Capturing Light: Ergonomic Photodetector for the Trillion-Sensor Era

Researchers demonstrated a highly efficient system of photodetectors that can surmount the constraints of conventional light-to-frequency conversion circuits.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off....

There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data
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There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data

A huge but little-known industry has cropped up around monetizing people's movements.

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options
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When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is focused on gauging unmanned aerial vehicles' ability to recover from malfunctions...

Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions
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Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions

A study suggests pretrial risk assessment algorithms increase the likelihood that judges will change their priorities in making pretrial decisions.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge
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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.

How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony
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How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony

Computer scientists, music historians, musicologists, and composers applied artificial intelligence to the task of completing Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony...

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.
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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt
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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response
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AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

An artificial intelligence technique can determine which neoantigens (cell surface peptides generated by cancer cells) are recognized by the immune system.

Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns
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Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable.

Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required
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Quantum Computing Hits the Desktop, No Cryo-Cooling Required

An Australian-born startup says it has developed a quantum microprocessor that runs happily at room temperature.
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