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Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay
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Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay

Faced with staff shortages and overwhelming patient loads, a growing number of hospitals are turning to automated tools to help them manage the pandemic.

Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
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Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era

Demand is on the rise for alternative data that show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting industries and trade worldwide.

Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing
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Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing

The suburban town of Westport, CT, is deploying specialized police drones to yell at people who aren't standing six feet apart.

AI for Drug Design
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AI for Drug Design

Artificial intelligence allows the screening of billions of molecules, until you find the one(s) you want.

Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One
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Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One

The effectiveness of many technologies being developed to cope with wildfires in Australia hinges on the ability to predict how fuel types like eucalyptus trees...

Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World
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Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World

A new machine learning algorithm can recognize new fashions, then use images of  them to seek similar styles styles in a global database of geotagged images.

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm
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Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm

A new computer model can screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, such as arrhythmia.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking
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Low-Cost Imaging System Poised to Provide Automatic Mosquito Tracking

Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed a low-cost imaging system to automatically track mosquitoes that carry disease.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
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How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
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Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics
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Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics

New machine learning tools can screen self-assembled peptides in an effort to develop electronic devices that are compatible with the human body.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone
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How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone

The tech giants say everyone will get access to the framework for tracking tools, regardless of which version of iOS or Android they use. Not everyone is convinced...

Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors
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Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors

A new machine learning model  predicts normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient's electronic health records as input.

Autonomous Robot Could Help in the Search for Signs of Life in Space
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Autonomous Robot Could Help in the Search for Signs of Life in Space

An autonomous robot could be used in the future to search for signs of life in outer space.

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic
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