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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer
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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

Researchers have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
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The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built
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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

Generative design is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial...

Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots
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Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots

The defunct Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, Cumbria in the U.K. is a toxic environment that must be cleaned up by robots.

China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter
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China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter

China's Xinhua state news agency has debuted a virtual newsreader that the agency said "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor."

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom
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Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.

Cardiff University's New X-Ray Method Reveals Ancient Scroll
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Cardiff University's New X-Ray Method Reveals Ancient Scroll

Researchers have developed an x-ray tomography technique to reveal hidden text inside damaged and unreadable scrolls.

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
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Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...

Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Wi-Fi Could Be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs

Wireless signals can penetrate bags to measure the dimensions of metal objects or estimate the volume of liquids, researchers claim.

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...

'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.

Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools
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Digital Skills Gap Opens Up in English Schools

Fewer children in the U.K. are developing the digital skills that employers and government say are vital.

Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI
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Are You Scared Yet? Meet Norman, the Psychopathic AI

Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world.

Who Controls Your Data?
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Who Controls Your Data?

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change how companies and individuals collect, store and share data.

How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs
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How 'Ninja Polymers' Are Fighting Killer Superbugs

In Ridley Scott's seminal blockbuster Blade Runner, humanity has harnessed bio-engineering to create a race of replicants that look, act and sound human—but are...

The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor
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The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor

Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often...

The Secret Science That Rules Crowds
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The Secret Science That Rules Crowds

Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that occurred in 2017 include incidents in an Angolan...

Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'
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Quantum Computers 'One Step Closer'

Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon.
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