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Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict
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Researchers Identify Best Strategy to Reduce Human-Bear Conflict

Researchers have developed a computer model to determine the most effective ways to reduce conflict between people and bears.

Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So
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Can AI Predict How Sick You'll Get From COVID? San Diego Scientists Think So

Researchers used artificial intelligence to determine why COVID-19 symptoms can vary among patients.

Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next
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Science Denial, Partisanship on Social Media Indicate Where COVID-19 Strikes Next

A machine learning-assisted social media analysis could help predict where COVID-19 will emerge based on anti-science views and political ideology.

We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.
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We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.

A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store
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Amazon Brings Cashierless Tech to Full-Size Grocery Store

Amazon deployed its Just Walk Out cashierless retail system in its newest Seattle-based Amazon Fresh physical grocery outlet, its first use in a full-size store...

Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'
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Underwater Robot Offers Insight into Mid-Ocean 'Twilight Zone'

Scientists used the underwater robot Mesobot to capture high-resolution images of slow-moving organisms in the mid-ocean "twilight zone" region.

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.

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles
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Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous Vehicles

A Florida Atlantic University' researcher has designed technology for autonomous systems that uses machine-learned human moods to respond to emotions.

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From
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Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook's artificial intelligence program looks for cracks left behind in the manufacturing process used to change an image's digital "fingerprint."

USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster
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USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster

The U.S. Postal Service is using artificial intelligence technology from NVIDIA to help it gain efficiencies.

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque
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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.

Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted
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Computer Trouble Hits Hubble Space Telescope, Science Halted

Launched in 1990, Hubble is showing more and more signs of aging, despite a series of repairs and updates by spacewalking astronauts during NASA's shuttle era. ...

Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art
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Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art

Researchers have come up with a program to predict people's art preferences.

Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale
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Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Researchers have designed a model for generating digital twins—precise computer simulations—at scale.

DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch
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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

An artificial intelligence-trained computer learned to play football from scratch, using digital players.

Computer System Can Help Inform Future Therapies for Patients with Inherited Heart Disease
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Computer System Can Help Inform Future Therapies for Patients with Inherited Heart Disease

A computer system trained on clinical data can support medical and surgical decisions on the treatment of patients with inherited heart disease.

AI Spots Coronal Holes to Automate Space Weather Prediction
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AI Spots Coronal Holes to Automate Space Weather Prediction

Automated space weather prediction came a step closer to reality via a neural network that can identify coronal holes in space-based observations.

Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees
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Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring to Help Honey Bees

Technology companies are monitoring honey bee colonies remotely to investigate hive die-offs, in efforts to improve their survival.
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