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Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen
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Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Oliver Wilson at the U.K.'s University of Reading has created a platform for three-dimensionally printing oversized models of pollen grains from high-quality scans...

Study Outlines What Creates Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology
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Study Outlines What Creates Racial Bias in Facial Recognition Technology

A study has identified the underlying factors that engender racial bias in facial recognition technology.

New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt
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New RISC-V CPU Claims Recordbreaking Performance per Watt

Micro Magic's new CPU offers decent performance with record-breaking efficiency.

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round
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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.

Google Reveals Major Hidden Weakness In Machine Learning
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Google Reveals Major Hidden Weakness In Machine Learning

Deep learning algorithms are prone to a previously unknown problem, say a team of computer scientists at Google.

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones
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Army Computer Models Unveil Secret to Quieter Small Drones

Researchers demonstrated how aviation specialists can use computational fluid dynamics to facilitate development of quieter unmanned aerial drones.

Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing
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Voice Assistant Recordings Could Reveal What Someone Nearby Is Typing

A machine learning system can be used with voice assistants to detect typing on touchscreens nearby, using artificial intelligence (AI) tools to determine what...

Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms
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Robot Hands One Step Closer to Human, Thanks to WMG AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence algorithms enable the Shadow Robot Dexterous Hand to manipulate objects like humans do.

Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations
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Cyberattacks Discovered on Vaccine Distribution Operations

IBM has found that companies and governments have been targeted by unknown attackers, prompting a warning from the Homeland Security Department.

Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer
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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

A team of computer scientists and bioengineers has developed a method of engineering T cells to recognize a specific combination of cancer markers.

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems
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Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians have added new symbolic integration functionality to the Sage computerized algebra system.

Exploring 'Data Storytelling'
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Exploring 'Data Storytelling'

Conversational interfaces provide spoken responses to queries of business databases.

AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos
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AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey employed a neural network to render spoken language as sign language.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay
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Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Researchers created a system that allows human artists to train robots to sculpt clay, with tools that allow them to emulate artistic styles.  

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods
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Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from...

London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery
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London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved "the protein folding problem," a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.
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