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Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms
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Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms

Researchers at the University of Georgia developed an algorithm for assessing a tract of land's conservation value by factoring in variables excluded from other...

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations
From Communications of the ACM

Neural Networks Learn to Speed Up Simulations

Physics-informed machine learning is gaining attention, but suffers from training issues.

Raising Robovoices
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Raising Robovoices

New systems can model and synthesize voices, and even translate them into other languages.

Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health
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Artificial Intelligence and Mental Health

How AI can be used to improve diagnosis of mental health conditions.

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency
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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor
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AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in "smart" computing capabilities.

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022
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These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

Unlike sectors such as hospitality, the cloud computing industry continued to grow in 2020 and onwards. But it's not stopping there.

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures
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Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures

An international team of researchers has developed a three-dimensional printing process for glass microstructures.

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have helped to de-noise synchrotron x-ray experiments computationally.

Rethinking Rare Earth Elements
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Rethinking Rare Earth Elements

Researchers are looking to untapped sources—from fertilizer waste to printed circuit boards—to solve the environmental and supply chain problems of rare earth elements...

Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications
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Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications

The research could lead to hack-proof networks.

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There
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Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Proponents of artificial intelligence believe it can be used to predict, and help to prevent, dangerous driving behaviors.

'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside
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'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside

A team of researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a prototype Tamper-Evident Container designed to record attempts to break into it.

Scientists Use 3D-Printed Shells to Ward Off Ravens, Save Desert Tortoises
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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Shells to Ward Off Ravens, Save Desert Tortoises

Researchers have developed a Techno-tortoise that eventually could help curtail a decline in the desert tortoise population.
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