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Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot
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Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot

Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Smart Lander for Investigation Moon probe with a small, spherical lunar explorer aboard.

Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches
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Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches

Safety officials at New York's Jones Beach are using drones to monitor for potential human-shark interactions.

Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars
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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars

Scientists created a real-time endoscopic neurosurgery guidance method similar to the navigational technologies used in autonomous cars.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

Researchers Discover Thousands of Transformable Knots
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Researchers Discover Thousands of Transformable Knots

Researchers discovered thousands of new transformable knots via a computational pipeline combining randomized spatial sampling and physics modeling.

AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship
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AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship

Argentine publicist Santiago Barros uses an app to produce images of what children taken from their parents during Argentina's military dictatorship might look...

AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes
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AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes

Computer scientists claim to have created the first algorithm for seamlessly concealing messages in realistic text, images, or audio.

AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells
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AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells

Researchers developed a graph neural network that reliably matched human volunteers' identification of 55 odors, then predicted the smells of 500,000 additional...

AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice
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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

The new HoloBoard system can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills...

USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix
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USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix

It is still alive, and quite vigorous considering its age.  

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently
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Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has developed a variable selection algorithm for chemometrics applications....

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome
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Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome

The Telomere-to-Telomere consortium has completed sequencing the human genome by adding the fully mapped Y chromosome.

Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts
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Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts

The EU and the U.S. diverge on how they handle online content moderation.

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

Shining a Light on the Dark Web
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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

How the Dark Web continues to operate, and why law enforcement will not shut it down anytime soon.
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