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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times
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AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times

Researchers used artificial intelligence to generate accurate machine learning emulator algorithms for accelerating simulations billions of times, for all scientific...

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...

From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses
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From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses

Spectrally encoded enhanced representations  is a new color spectrum identification method that provides greater clarity and works faster and at greater definition...

Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track
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Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track

Researchers in Israel have developed a mobile robot that can change its entire body shape on a link-by-link basis, using an extra actuator to "build its own track...

Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms
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Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms

Researchers have found a way to make artificial atoms on a silicon chip more stable by drawing in additional electrons to the atoms' outer shell, which could produce...

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet
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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and...

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells
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Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

A new computer system used deep learning to teach itself to accurately predict extreme weather events like heat waves and cold spells, based on a minimal amount...

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth
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Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth

A new three-dimensional simulation  combines the macroscopic scale of tissue with the microscopic scale of individual cells to realistically model the mechano-biology...

Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier
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Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier

A robotic submarine captured the first-ever images of the foundations on the ocean floor of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters
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Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

A Queen's University Belfast researcher developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters, and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be...

What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?
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What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?

Researchers in Switzerland are using machine learning algorithms, geographical information systems, and physical models to estimate the overall photovoltaic potential...

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over
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Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.

Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices
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Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Researchers have built a "biorobotic hybrid heart" from heart tissue and a robotic pumping system for testing prosthetic valves and other cardiac devices.
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