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AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun
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AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists are calibrating images of the sun with artificial intelligence to enhance data for solar research....

Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors
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Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning teaching tool designed to assist computer science professors in gauging feedback from large numbers...

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack
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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too...

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data
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Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data

Researchers have developed a technique to help computer vision algorithms more accurately process satellite imagery of the Earth, even when trained on limited data...

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired
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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired...

How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances
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How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo use an advanced three-dimensional tracking system that captures athletes' performances in fine detail.

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies
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UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University helps four-legged robots...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Detecting Deception
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Detecting Deception

Advanced machine learning algorithms can spot lying even better than a polygraph.

Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients
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Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients

A new robotic neck brace could help doctors evaluate the impact of cancer treatments on neck mobility, and guide patients' recovery.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste
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Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste

Researchers developed an artificial neural network-based rapid trajectory design algorithm to address the removal of space debris.
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