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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision
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Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200...

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts
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An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

An armed conflict model developed by researchers explains how such conflicts spread geographically, with violent interactions growing temporally and spatially in...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain
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Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain

A novel technique developed by Columbia University researchers helped to map neural network dynamics in the C. elegans worm.

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet
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Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet

Scientists are tapping tiny satellites developed by startups for research.

This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI
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This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

Researchers at artificial intelligence company OpenAI have engineered two deep learning models combining language and images to improve AI's understanding of text...

Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers
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Telegram Feature Exposes Your Precise Address to Hackers

Hackers can exploit the Telegram messenger application employed in Android devices and iPhones to pinpoint users' precise locations.

A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD
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A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD

Computer simulation could help identify symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, according to Ohio State University (OSU) researchers. ...

How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19
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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis
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Insecure Wheels: Police Turn to Car Data to Destroy Suspects' Alibis

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data stored in an automobile's onboard computers to solve crimes.

A Quick Look Under the Skin
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A Quick Look Under the Skin

Researchers have developed self-learning algorithms that can help analyze medical image data.

Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match
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Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition...

A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups
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A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups

Using teletherapy, metrics, and matching algorithms, entrepreneurs are focusing on addressing aspects of the mental health care system that they view as broken....

VR Battlefield Technology Designed to Train Military Leaders
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VR Battlefield Technology Designed to Train Military Leaders

Purdue University innovators generated a virtual reality model of the D-Day beaches in Normandy, France, using battlefield simulations designed to train future...

Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms
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Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms

Researchers at Norway's SINTEF institute are designing an underwater robot to autonomously inspect fish farms.
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