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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees
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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees

Land-management strategies to save bumblebees can be tested in a "virtual safe space" developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

Wildfire Simulation Heats Up
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Wildfire Simulation Heats Up

Computer simulations can predict the spread of wildfires through sections of a real forest

Researchers Create Computational Model to Evaluate Drug Delivery Through Inhalers
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Researchers Create Computational Model to Evaluate Drug Delivery Through Inhalers

Scientists from India and Australia seek to improve effectiveness of pressurized metered-dose inhalers and dry powder inhalers.

 Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings
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Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings

The adaptability of one of the most common programming languages is behind its continued strength, say analysts.

System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds
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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue

Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting
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Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting

LyricJam uses artificial intelligence to generate lyrics for live instrumental music

3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%
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3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%

Remotely controlled robots 3D-print structures onsite and in tight spaces

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers
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Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Analysts have identified flaws in the application programming interfaces of six home electric vehicle (EV) charging brands, as well as the Chargepoint public EV...

Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech
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Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

Computer scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) say they have developed a method for circumventing a large number of facial recognition systems.

Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future
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Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future

A kitchen robot has been preparing fast food at the Roboeatz cafe in Riga, Latvia, while diners watch since January 2018.

Do You Hear What I Hear? A Cyberattack.
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Do You Hear What I Hear? A Cyberattack.

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed a method of making abnormal network traffic audible by rendering cybersecurity data musically.

AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun
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AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists are calibrating images of the sun with artificial intelligence to enhance data for solar research....

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life
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Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life

Purdue University researchers found in a recent study that putting a smartphone in dark mode is unlikely to save significant battery life.

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired
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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired...
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