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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots
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Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

They can make French fries, mix drinks, and even clean toilets, and they never ask for a raise. But they also break down.

In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors
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In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors

Once you've left the Earth, the simple inversion of a critical parameter can cause a mission to fail.

Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards
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Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards

Canadian and U.K. scientists have developed a new technique for generating a watershed-scale flood risk model based on LiDAR data.

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom
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Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

As the world becomes more digital, governments want to have more control over people's online presence.

Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI
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Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI

The solution to machine learning problems is generally either more or better data.

Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans
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Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans

Scientists still do not fully understand how Deep Neural Networks process information.

Cutting Through the Noise
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Cutting Through the Noise

Artificial intelligence enables high-fidelity quantum computing.

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing
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These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

Researchers have shown that a specific neural network can learn the cause-and-effect structure of a navigation task it is taught.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
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Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Pennsylvania State University scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents.  

Data Mining the Past
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Data Mining the Past

Researchers have developed an algorithm to convert old newspapers into searchable data by identifying and ranking people's names in order of their importance.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane
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Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane

Stanford University researchers have unveiled a $400 self-navigating robotic cane that can help visually impaired users detect and avoid obstacles.

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience
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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.

World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head
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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles
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Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles

A study found that lower-performing computer science students reported higher stress levels than higher-performing students.

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans
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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.

Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities
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Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities

The University of Wyoming's Pejman Tahmasebi and Tao Bai have invented a machine learning model that boosts the accuracy of earthquake detection.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag
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AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

As language models get more complex, they also get more expensive to create and run. Some companies are locked out.
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