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Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks
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Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks

A team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists  has designed a wearable insect detection system that spots livestock mite infestations in poultry....

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
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AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and Tulane University integrated machine learning with quantum information...

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College
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Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers...

Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator
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Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have learned to identify the location of a potentially malicious aerial drone operator operating near...

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

The potential of augmented reality art.

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots
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Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots

Duke University researchers have proposed a new approach for coordinating complex tasks between hundreds of robots while satisfying logic-based rules.

Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance
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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. proposed a multimodal mixed reality visualization platform for the Microsoft HoloLens, designed to assist surgeons...

Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge
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Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge

Neuroscientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University were named winners of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Sage Bionetworks BEAT-PD DREAM...

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear
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Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear

The number of COVID-19 models was growing so numerous that one laboratory created a COVID-19 forecasting hub featuring an ensemble output of numerous models.

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

Body of Knowledge
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Body of Knowledge

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to enable students to learn from cadaver dissection.

RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface
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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers have developed an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit, or look up complex mathematical...

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.
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