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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster
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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can speed up X-ray diffraction data analysis and improve accuracy in searches for new materials.

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases
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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.
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Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

If you are trying to grasp Bitcoin and understand what China's digital yuan means, America's Federal Reserve is right there with you.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape
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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say
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AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say

Researchers have released the most accurate estimates to date for the carbon footprint of large artificial intelligence systems.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.

Catching the Fakes
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Catching the Fakes

Applying neural networks to images helps identify counterfeit goods.

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit
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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker
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Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer models created by researchers suggest the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex had a slow walking speed.  

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect
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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls
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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.

Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs
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Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs

Its ad-delivery system is excluding women from opportunities without regard to their qualifications. That would be illegal under U.S. employment law.

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?
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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias
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Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and...

A Molecule That Responds to Light
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A Molecule That Responds to Light

Researchers have advanced the development of molecule-based materials that can serve as light-addressable fundamental quantum bits.

15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021
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15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021

The 2021 AI Index provides insight into jobs, publications, diversity, and more.
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