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Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones
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Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

A new study found using drones and artificial intelligence to monitor seabird colonies can less expensive, labor-intensive, and error-prone than on-the-ground surveillance...

Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth
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Amazon Sidewalk: What to Know before Sharing Your Home's Bandwidth

Live now and enabled by default, Sidewalk keeps other people's devices near your home connected by passing their signals through your Echo and Ring devices.

Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices
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Algorithm Could Help Enable Next-Generation Deep Brain Stimulation Devices

Brown University bioengineers have developed an algorithm that could clear a path to more adaptive deep brain stimulation technology.

EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live
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EU COVID-19 'Digital Pass' Gateway System Goes Live

The gateway system for the EU's "digital pass" for verifying COVID-19 vaccination or test status went live June 1.

Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics
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Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics

Computer scientists developed a deep learning model capable of identifying diseases from medical scans quickly and more accurately.

Semantics Beats Syntax
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Semantics Beats Syntax

IBM, Google, and Microsoft are all developing algorithms that understand the meaning of words.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices
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Google Settles Antitrust Case Over Advertising Practices

Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics.

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again
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Think You Know the World’s Most Popular Websites? Think Again

See the chaos of the Internet in this ridiculously detailed world map.

Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War
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Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War

Israel's military calls its recent campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) war.

Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications
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Like a Spellchecker for Developers: Automated Detection of Security Vulnerabilities in Cloud Applications

CodeShield software can detect and patch security bugs in cloud applications by automatically analyzing vulnerabilities in the program code.

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System
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U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System

Disease surveillance schemes to catch the next rising virus already exist—they're just not communicating with each other.

Tesla Activates In-Car Camera to Monitor Drivers Using Autopilot
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Tesla Activates In-Car Camera to Monitor Drivers Using Autopilot

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has turned the in-car camera in its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles into a monitor for when its Autopilot advanced driver assistance...

Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips
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Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips

An electronic platform can read facial cues and vocal patterns and integrate readings from smartwatch sensors to detect psychological stress, according to Texas...

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads
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Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads

Legislation passed by the lower house of Germany's parliament would permit driverless vehicles on that nation’s public roads by 2022.

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.
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