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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed
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First Passages of Rolled-Up Herculaneum Scroll Revealed

On Monday, the winner of the Vesuvius Challenge was announced.

DeepMind Accurately Forecasts Weather on a Desktop Computer
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DeepMind Accurately Forecasts Weather on a Desktop Computer

Google DeepMind developed a machine-learning weather-forecasting model that outperformed the best conventional forecasting tools.

Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings
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Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings

Officials at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London announced earlier this year that sensors would be installed in campus buildings. Staff and students are...

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.

AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers
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AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers

A study by independent U.K. biologist Sholto David found that artificial intelligence can identify image manipulation in research papers faster and more accurately...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin
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AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin

Acoustic tracking technology could feed into conservation projects in the Amazon and beyond.

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.

'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers
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'Papermill Alarm' Software Flags Potentially Fake Papers

Adam Day at U.K.-based data services company Clear Skies developed a software tool that highlights potentially bogus scientific papers.

Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery
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Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery

An international security conference explored how artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery could be misused for de novo design of biochemical weapons...

Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts
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Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts

At least four publishers are using artificial intelligence to vet manuscripts for duplicate images.

Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory
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Mathematicians Welcome Computer-assisted Proof in 'Grand Unification' Theory

Proof-assistant software handles an abstract concept at the cutting edge of research, revealing a bigger role for software in mathematics.

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.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool
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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

Mars Methane Hunt Comes ­p Empty, Flummoxing Scientists
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Mars Methane Hunt Comes ­p Empty, Flummoxing Scientists

A spacecraft that was supposed to solve the mystery of methane on Mars has instead compounded scientists' confusion.

Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail
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Black Hole Pictured for First Time, in Spectacular Detail

Astronomers have finally glimpsed the blackness of a black hole. By stringing together a global network of radio telescopes, they have for the first time produced...
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