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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.

Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion
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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Even as the world continues to grapple with chip shortages, it's time to be on the lookout for a clearing of that backlog where insatiable hunger might quickly...

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars
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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome
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Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome

A new model shows the X chromosome inactivation process, paving the way for drug treatments for gene-based disorders and diseases.

NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects
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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects

Researchers have developed a sensitive model for detecting and counting transistor defects.

The Outlook for Virtual Meetups
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The Outlook for Virtual Meetups

Future online meetings could include people in disparate locations cutting a virtual birthday cake together.

Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together
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Simulated AI Creatures Demonstrate How Mind, Body Evolve, Succeed Together

Stanford University scientists engineered virtual artificial intelligences performing tasks in simulated environments to mimic the evolution of mind and body.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

A New Link to an Old Model Could Crack the Mystery of Deep Learning
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A New Link to an Old Model Could Crack the Mystery of Deep Learning

To help them explain the shocking success of deep neural networks, researchers are turning to older but better-understood models of machine learning.
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