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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.

Drones Survey African Wildlife
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Drones Survey African Wildlife

Scientists are using drone flights and automated image analysis to develop a new approach to counting animals in the wild.

Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish
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Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology researcher is studying how Ireland's University of Limerick has attracted and retained female computer science students and...

West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa
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West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa

Representatives of the U.S. Military Academy last month promoted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to 70 gifted students in South Africa...

Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass
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Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass

Hackers are finding more severe vulnerabilities than ever before, as the total number of high or critical severity vulnerabilities identified increased 22% last...

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.

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It
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Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity...

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.

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...

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives
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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.

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...

White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research
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White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research

The White House has established an Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee to oversee federal backing and investment for quantum technology research...

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.

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...
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