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Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'
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Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'

Researchers have created tiny living robots made of frog cells using a supercomputer, an achievement with implications for regenerative medicine.

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning
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Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning

A study found artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning.

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work
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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.
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Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”

Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?
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Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?

There are signs that the hype over artificial intelligence might be about to start cooling off.

Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans
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Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans

Researchers designed an unmanned surface vessel to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations.

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics
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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally...

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability
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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems...

'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors
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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.

Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit
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Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit

A man paralyzed from the waist down has broken the world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

AI Comes to the Operating Room
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AI Comes to the Operating Room

Surgeons are utilizing artificial intelligence and new imaging methods to diagnose brain tumors faster than pathologists, and with similar accuracy.

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds
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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards...

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls
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AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can track evolving online social media conversations, which could eventually yield an automated method...

Trump Signs Law to Boost Girls' Access to STEM Education
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Trump Signs Law to Boost Girls' Access to STEM Education

Late last month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Building Blocks of STEM Act to boost young girls' access to science, technology, engineering...

Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs
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Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs

Kaiser Permanente is expanding a program in which patients recovering from a cardiac event wear smartwatches to confirm their adherence to prescribed exercise and...

Ubisoft Uses AI to Teach a Car to Drive Itself in Racing Game
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Ubisoft Uses AI to Teach a Car to Drive Itself in Racing Game

Ubisoft is testing a reinforcement-learning algorithm that can manage discrete, continuous video game actions in a principled, predictable manner.

Simplifying How Scientists Share Data
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Simplifying How Scientists Share Data

Researchers have developed an open-source data-management system that will help scientists share data with each other.

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.
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