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Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices
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Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists developed three-dimensional brain-on-chip devices that mimic the neural activity of brain cells cultured outside...

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions
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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions

Researchers trained a hybrid language-vision machine learning model to recognize abstract concepts in video.

Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble
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Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble

Intel researchers have created a wheeled robot powered by a smartphone that costs just $50 to assemble.

Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business
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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries.

Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research
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Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory have developed a method of enhancing quantum systems to give soldiers more reliable and secure capabilities in the field...

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine
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Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Advanced Medical Technologies Lab have created a tank robot that can actively drive through a person's intestines.

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend
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Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.

Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?
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Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

High-technology implementations in Northern California are making fire spotters and firefighters more adaptive to changing conditions while improving their safety...

Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality
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Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

A three-year, multi-institutional study by 19 researchers at 12 institutions in five countries yielded artificial intelligence models that can automate evaluations...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet
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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval to Amazon to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones for unmanned package delivery.

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs
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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation
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Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a computational model of the proteins responsible for the transformation of mercury to toxic methylmercury...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  
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