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How AI Spotted Every Solar Panel in the U.S.
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How AI Spotted Every Solar Panel in the U.S.

Stanford University engineers have developed a method for locating every solar panel in the contiguous U.S.

A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch
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A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch

Researchers have developed a robotic hand that can play the piano.

These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us
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These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us

These faces don't seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamed up by a new kind of AI...

NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars
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NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars

NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer...

Computer Hardware for 3D Games Could Hold the Key to Replicating the Brain
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Computer Hardware for 3D Games Could Hold the Key to Replicating the Brain

Researchers have developed what they describe as the fastest, most energy-efficient simulation of part of a rat brain, using off-the-shelf computer hardware.

Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks
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Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks

Saint Louis University researchers have proposed a sound-based traffic-management solution for network orchestration.

A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses
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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses

Slow uptake of driverless passenger services is spurring the autonomous industry to experiment with offerings like food deliveries from small, self-driving vehicles...

Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected
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Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected

Reindeer herders in Finland are fitting their animals with Internet-connected collars to keep track of their whereabouts in the wilderness, using a mobile app. ...

Meet 'Millie' the Avatar. She'd Like to Sell You a Pair of Sunglasses
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Meet 'Millie' the Avatar. She'd Like to Sell You a Pair of Sunglasses

A Canadian startup has created a life-size digital avatar to help retail brands looking for ways to boost falling in-store sales in the face of growing competition...

How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images
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How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs
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Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs

It's not the best version of Jingle Bells you'll ever hear—it's being played by a rubber robot hand. But the hand could point the way to better designs for robot...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark
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Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark

Engineers used a deep neural network to train a computer to reconstruct transparent objects from images captured in almost total darkness.

Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars
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Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars

Hyundai Motor has developed a system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles using only their fingerprints.

Synthesizing Natural Products With a Computational Step Saver
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Synthesizing Natural Products With a Computational Step Saver

Yale University researchers have reduced the number of steps needed to synthesize two natural anticancer products, using a strategy for computational analysis in...

Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition
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Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition

A team of students from the University of Cape Town in South Africa took first place in the Student Cluster Competition.

Consumer Rating Algorithms Score Big with Businesses, Governments
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Consumer Rating Algorithms Score Big with Businesses, Governments

Businesses, universities, and governments increasingly are turning to algorithms to make crucial decisions about how to treat customers and citizens.

Sydney Motorists Using Mobile Phones Will Be Snapped in Camera Trial
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Sydney Motorists Using Mobile Phones Will Be Snapped in Camera Trial

Drivers who illegally use mobile phones while driving will have their pictures taken along several motorways in Sydney, Australia, in a pilot of new high-tech cameras...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Zero-day Flaw in the IE Browser
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Zero-day Flaw in the IE Browser

CVE-2018-8653 must be patched manually for now.

Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu
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Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Last week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the science team of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission presented their first findings from the asteroid...
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