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Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering
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Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have designed a novel mutual attention inception network and a remote sensing visual question answering dataset. ...

Weather Control via Drone
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Weather Control via Drone

Unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to make it rain in the desert, a first step toward controlling the weather.

South Korea Forces Google, Apple to Allow Third-Party In-App Payments
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South Korea Forces Google, Apple to Allow Third-Party In-App Payments

The measures were proposed last year and faced strong resistance from Apple and Google.

Technology to the Rescue
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Technology to the Rescue

Updating emergency rescue equipment and tactics with digital technologies.

Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch
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Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch

Two years after its pilot launched in Logan, Australia, Alphabet's drone delivery company Wing is nearing its 100,000th customer delivery.

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design
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Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have developed an adaptive algorithm to help optimize the design of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines.

Turning the Tables into Touchscreens
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Turning the Tables into Touchscreens

Scientists built a touchscreen-like interface that can operate on any flat surface via a projector synchronized with a single camera.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water
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Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water

New imaging and machine learning tools can analyze the genomic features of plant leaves as a means of increasing water-use efficiency for crops.

Tool Could Help Authors Bust Writer's Block in Novel-Length Works
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Tool Could Help Authors Bust Writer's Block in Novel-Length Works

A new semantic frame forecast tool could help authors overcome writer's block by anticipating the future development of an ongoing novel-length story.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest
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Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest

The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones. What's taking so long?

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker
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OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.

Novel Resilient State Estimation Method for Process Control in Cyber-Physical Systems
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Novel Resilient State Estimation Method for Process Control in Cyber-Physical Systems

Researchers have developed a method of estimating a cyber-physical system's internal process variables when external sensors have been corrupted.

Harvard's Eardrum-Restoring PhonoGraft Enters Commercial Development
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Harvard's Eardrum-Restoring PhonoGraft Enters Commercial Development

A biomimetic hearing-restoration device developed by researchers at Harvard University has entered commercial development.

Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut
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Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut

A new robotic insulin delivery system can be implanted surgically in the abdomen, and resupplied with insulin via swallowed magnetic capsules.

The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing
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The World's Biggest Crypto Exchange Still Lacks U.S. Footing

The founder of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, needs investors for the company's U.S. unit after a recent venture capital deal fell through — a setback that cost him a...
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