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Researchers Teach AI to See Depth in Photos, Paintings
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Researchers Teach AI to See Depth in Photos, Paintings

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada and Adobe Research used a process called monocular depth estimation to teach artificial intelligence to determine...

How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients
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How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.

Eye-Tracking VR Technology to Make MRI a New Experience
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Eye-Tracking VR Technology to Make MRI a New Experience

Magnetic resonance imaging scans could become less stressful for patients, thanks to a novel interactive virtual reality system.

Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse
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Emojis Make It Harder for Tech Giants to Track Down Online Abuse

A study found that some algorithms used to identify abusive online posts are less effective if the content includes emojis.

Snake-Like Robot Could Explore Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus
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Snake-Like Robot Could Explore Saturn's Icy Moon Enceladus

Researchers have developed a snake-like robot that could facilitate exploration of the interior of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood
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Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood

A three-dimensionally-printed microscope could detect COVID-19 in a drop of blood through the use of digital holographic microscopy and deep learning.

Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling
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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

The Cuban government Tuesday published a new cyberterrorism law that makes it illegal to use telecommunications to post "offensive" material.

He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?
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He Predicted the Dark Side of the Internet 30 Years Ago. Why Did No One Listen?

Philip Agre, a computer scientist turned humanities professor, was prescient about many of the ways technology would impact the world.

Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery
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Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery

Researchers have developed an approach that uses experimental chemistry and artificial intelligence to facilitate delivery of a drug to treat Duchenne muscular...

Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost
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Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost

A team of researchers has strengthened blockchain networks against potential quantum computing threats through the development of a post-quantum cryptographic layer...

Programmable Trap Can Kill Viruses
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Programmable Trap Can Kill Viruses

Computational genetic engineering has enabled a method of "trapping" and killing viruses.  

Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming
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Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming

Some climate scientists believe massive computer simulations of the world economy could be harnessed to establish a path forward to prevent the worst effects of...

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says
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Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says

The preliminary finding will now be reviewed by the full U.S. International Trade Commission.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough May Be Key to Large-Scale Quantum Chips
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough May Be Key to Large-Scale Quantum Chips

Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales say a new method could enable engineers to reliably control millions of quantum bits.

Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.
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Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.

A new system can thwart the tracking of cellphone users by network operators while maintaining seamless connectivity.

ORNL's Simulation Tool Creates Digital Twins of Buildings From Coast to Coast
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ORNL's Simulation Tool Creates Digital Twins of Buildings From Coast to Coast

Modeling software designed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can simulate the energy profiles of all 129 million buildings...

Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees
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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees

Land-management strategies to save bumblebees can be tested in a "virtual safe space" developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems
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