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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer
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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

A team of computer scientists and bioengineers has developed a method of engineering T cells to recognize a specific combination of cancer markers.

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems
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Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians have added new symbolic integration functionality to the Sage computerized algebra system.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay
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Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Researchers created a system that allows human artists to train robots to sculpt clay, with tools that allow them to emulate artistic styles.  

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods
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Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from...

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias
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Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias

Researchers found that facial recognition systems show bias toward certain facial expressions.

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies
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Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies

Popular disaster applications are violating their privacy policies by continuing to track users' whereabouts, or providing personal information to third parties...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough
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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

City College of New York researchers say they have developed a quantum algorithm with the potential to study a class of many-electron quantums system using quantum...

Sensor for Smart Textiles Survives Washing Machine, Cars, Hammers
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Sensor for Smart Textiles Survives Washing Machine, Cars, Hammers

Researchers have developed a strain sensor for use in smart textiles and soft robotic systems that is extremely resilient.

Hybrid 3D-Printing Bioinks Help Repair Knee Cartilage
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Hybrid 3D-Printing Bioinks Help Repair Knee Cartilage

Researchers engineered two new three-dimensional (3D) printing hybrid bioinks that can be used to print a replacement for damaged knee cartilage.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing
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Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. report the development of what they are calling the first biomimetic tongue using three-dimensional printing....

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes
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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.
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