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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems
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Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems

Researchers at the University of Rochester are using data science to understand the phenomena driving the global climate system.

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process
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Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and...

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians
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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.

Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?
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Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?

Researchers are developing a computerized machine-learning method for better predicting how well a typical organ transplant will proceed.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science
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Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science

An estimated 600 March for Science rallies took place Saturday across the U.S., and across the globe.

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day
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Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.

New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control
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New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

Researchers are working on an approach to unmanned air systems and aerial vehicles that does not use global navigation satellite systems .

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

This Artificial Intelligence Turns Horses Into Zebras--and Winter Into Summer
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This Artificial Intelligence Turns Horses Into Zebras--and Winter Into Summer

A new model enables users to transform images in a "cycle consistent" way, so any changes to the original image are expected to remain fully reversible.

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
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Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
From ACM TechNews

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips

The European Union-funded NANOBIOTOUCH and NEBIAS projects examined how touch stimuli and neural processing interact cs more intuitive.

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing
From ACM TechNews

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing

Researchers at Purdue University have produced a rechargeable "spin battery" from topological insulators.

Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left
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Teaching a Driverless Car to Turn Left

Getting driverless cars to make safe left turns at intersections is a key challenge for engineers, as they involve both psychology and technology.

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley
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Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

The tendency for people to be repelled by increasingly humanoid and human-like robots may extend to chatbots and digital assistants as well.

Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25
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Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25

People's ability to behave randomly reaches its zenith at age 25, and then gradually erodes before experiencing a swift decline at age 60.
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