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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries
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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

Anticipating the War's Direction
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Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?

A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing
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A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing

Two independent teams show neutral ytterbium-171 atoms can be trapped and used for quantum information processing, bringing quantum computers based on this platform...

Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing
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Approach May Help Clear Hurdle to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed an approach for shuffling qubits during computing while maintaining their quantum state, resulting in a programmable, error-correcting...

 Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making
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Global Chip Shortage's Latest Worry: Too Few Chips for Chip-Making

Intel and TSMC are looking to boost chip output amid supercharged demand, but getting the equipment to do so requires increasing patience.

Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out
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Which Animal Viruses Could Infect People? Computers Are Racing to Find Out

Machine learning is known for its ability to spot fraudulent credit charges or recognize faces. Now researchers are siccing the technology on viruses.

Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building
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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about...

Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing
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Reforming Coral Reefs Using 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing technique to help preserve coral reefs.

Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker
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Japanese Rail Company Rolls Out VR-Piloted Gundam Robot Worker

Several companies in Japan cooperated to create and deploy a humanoid heavy equipment maintenance robot that is directed through virtual reality (VR).

Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage
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Researchers Monitor Subsurface CO2 Storage

Texas A&M University researchers demonstrated that unsupervised machine learning algorithms could analyze data from a geological carbon sequestration site to determine...

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale
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Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics
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Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics

Researchers have proposed a new machine learning method to accelerate the counting and classification of microplastics, while also boosting affordability and ease...

Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform

The attack, which lasted less than 15 seconds, was launched from a botnet of approximately 6,000 unique bots and originated from 112 countries around the world....

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net
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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.

Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time
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Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time

Using only her own ability to engineer code, Jane Manchun Wong is keeping tech on its toes.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support
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Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support

A team of researchers demonstrated that non-invasive respiratory support is more likely to be successful if it relies on significantly reducing patients' efforts...
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