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The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow
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What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow

The DeepPrecip neural network developed by Fraser King and colleagues at the University of Waterloo models weather in order to measure annual snowfall and snowmelt...

Organizations Spending Billions on Easy-to-Bypass Malware Defense
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Organizations Spending Billions on Easy-to-Bypass Malware Defense

Research suggests that hackers can easily circumvent Endpoint Detection and Response systems, the malware detecting and blocking solutions on which organizations...

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots
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French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots

France's highest administrative court dismissed the notion that artificial intelligence threatens humanity.

Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories
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Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

An algorithm developed by researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology can predict how fast enzymes work based on the sequence of amino acids that...

Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit
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Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Researchers have created a recyclable and biodegradable three-dimensionally printed circuit.

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...

French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools
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French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools

French tax officials used artificial intelligence to identify over 20,0000 undeclared private swimming pools, constituting about €10 million (over $10 million)...

Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones
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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones

The AquaApp mobile interface developed by University of Washington (UW) researchers facilitates underwater messaging using acoustic signals.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals
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NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic warned criminals are increasingly targeting nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Protecting Children's Privacy Online
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Protecting Children's Privacy Online

Assuring youngsters they can use websites without giving away their personal information is not child's play.
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