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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat
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The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial...

MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning
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MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are using machine learning to automate the process of developing and improving drugs.

To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space
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To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has done many great things in its decade-plus of service—but initially, it rolled 600 feet past one of the initiative's biggest discoveries...

South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop
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South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop

Scientists and politicians in South Africa are together celebrating the official opening of a gigantic telescope that is already transforming astronomy research...

Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards
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Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D color scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue.

New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition
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New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

University of Western Australia researchers have developed a three-dimensional facial recognition system.

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight
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Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.

Blue Brain Project Installs HPE Supercomputer
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Blue Brain Project Installs HPE Supercomputer

Researchers have implemented a fifth-generation supercomputer to help reach the goal of digitally simulating a complete mammalian brain by 2020.

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State
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Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
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Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices
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Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

A team of researchers used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.

Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question
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Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question

Researchers used computer models to determine how veins containing red blood get their bluish appearance.

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs
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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War
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How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole
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Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

It was the smallest bullet you could possibly imagine, a subatomic particle weighing barely more than a thought, and a cosmic blunderbuss, a supermassive black...

Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes
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Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes

Researchers in Spain have developed an analysis method for systematically identifying genes involved in hereditary cancer risk, using existing cancer genome datasets...

Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'
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Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial neural network from DNA that can correctly identify handwritten numbers.

How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language
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How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Ohio State University researchers investigating the challenge of ambiguous language for computers used an online game to clarify work in the field of natural language...

Simpifying Machine-based Touch Sensing
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Simpifying Machine-based Touch Sensing

A three-dimensionally-printed nervous system could allow robots to perceive touch the way we do.

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'
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'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.
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