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Internet Companies Report Biggest-Ever Denial of Service Operation
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Internet Companies Report Biggest-Ever Denial of Service Operation

Technology companies last week reported the Internet's largest known denial of service (DoS) attack.

Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It
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Medical Imaging Fails Dark Skin. Researchers Fixed It

A team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University developed a way to produce clear images of anyone's internal anatomy, no matter their skin tone.

Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time
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Glasses Transcribe Speech in Real Time

Several companies have started marketing "live-captioning glasses" to help hearing-impaired users communicate by overlaying real-time transcribed speech on the...

Optical Chip Self-Configures to Perform Various Functions
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Optical Chip Self-Configures to Perform Various Functions

A team led by researchers at China's Huazhong University of Science and Technology developed a self-configuring optical chip for applications requiring optical...

Disney Packs Big Emotion into Little Robot
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Disney Packs Big Emotion into Little Robot

A team of Disney Research scientists last week unveiled a bipedal robotic character combining a child-size frame with stubby legs, wiggling antennae, and an expressive...

'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok
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'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok

TikTok accounts are spreading falsehoods with the help from A.I.-generated voices.

This Robot Could Be the Key to Empowering People With Disabilities
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This Robot Could Be the Key to Empowering People With Disabilities

It's simple to use and gives users—and their caregivers—much needed independence.

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...

'Impossible' Millimeter Wave Sensor Has Wide Potential
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'Impossible' Millimeter Wave Sensor Has Wide Potential

A proof-of-concept sensor for millimeter wave radars can detect vibrations 1,000 times smaller and target-position changes 100 times smaller than a strand of human...

Robot Learns to Clean Space Just the Way You Like It
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Robot Learns to Clean Space Just the Way You Like It

Roboticists developed a robot that can clean spaces based on users' personal preferences.

Unequal Park Quality Exposed Using Social Media, Machine Learning
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Unequal Park Quality Exposed Using Social Media, Machine Learning

The study uses social media and machine learning to show environmental injustices in Philadelphia's urban parks.

Inherit the Wind
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Inherit the Wind

Wind forecasting is entering the age of artificial intelligence.

Chinese Scientists Claim Record Smashing Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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Chinese Scientists Claim Record Smashing Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Paper says JiuZhang 3 is a million times faster than its predecessor and light years ahead of the world's fastest supercomputer

Geoffrey Hinton on the Promise, Risks of Advanced AI
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Geoffrey Hinton on the Promise, Risks of Advanced AI

U.K. computer scientist and 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Geoffrey Hinton said advanced artificial intelligence (AI), for all its promise, could conceivably...

Software Detects Hidden Emotions in Parents
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Software Detects Hidden Emotions in Parents

Software can identify complex hidden emotions by mapping facial features and evaluating the intensities of multiple facial expressions.

Bilingual Game App Aims to Stave Off Dementia
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Bilingual Game App Aims to Stave Off Dementia

A multilingual app developed by researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design aims to use gamification to help ward off dementia in older adults...

Microscopy Image Segmentation via Point and Shape Regularized Data Synthesis
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Microscopy Image Segmentation via Point and Shape Regularized Data Synthesis

Researchers applied a new segmentation network trained by point annotations and synthetically produced image-segmentation pairs to microscopy images.

Dubai to Start Robotaxi Trials
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Dubai to Start Robotaxi Trials

The U.A.E. city of Dubai will launch its first wave of robotaxis this month in a bid to reduce congestion and accidents.

Laureates Look Past the Hype in Generative AI
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Laureates Look Past the Hype in Generative AI

Attendees at this year's Heidelberg Laureate Forum anticipate future applications of the technology.

3D Printing Method Shows Promise for Repairing Brain Injuries
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3D Printing Method Shows Promise for Repairing Brain Injuries

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Oxford three-dimensionally (3D)-printed human neural cells to emulate the cerebral cortex's architecture.
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