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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People
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Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People

Researchers found that people have a hard time distinguishing images of human faces created by artificial intelligence from images of real faces.

Hybrid AI: A New Way to Make Machine Minds that Really Think Like Us
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Hybrid AI: A New Way to Make Machine Minds that Really Think Like Us

In the quest to make artificial intelligence that can reason and apply knowledge flexibly, many researchers are focused on fresh insights from neuroscience. Should...

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online
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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.

Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'
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Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'

Researchers incorporated a pair of infrared cameras into prototype goggles to help blind and visually impaired people navigate their environment intuitively.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin
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Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin

Bitcoin is theoretically vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, but calculations show they would need to be a million times larger than those that exist today...

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages
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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots...

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption
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Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating truly random numbers for cryptographic algorithms could become possible through Nisa Bostanci and colleagues at Turkey's TOBB University of Economics...

Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them
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Robotic Hand Can Crush Beer Cans, Hold Eggs Without Breaking Them

Researchers at South Korea's Ajou University have built a highly dexterous robotic hand that can handle eggs gently, pour drinks, and crush aluminum cans.

Robot Plays Table Tennis After 90 Minutes of Training
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Robot Plays Table Tennis After 90 Minutes of Training

Researchers developed a computer simulation that taught a virtual robot arm outfitted with a table tennis racket how to return virtual ping pong balls.

Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones
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Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones

Artificial intelligence-equipped cameras have spotted more than 270,000 drivers using phones while driving in New South Wales, Australia, since March 2020.

DeepMind AI Helps Study Strange Electrons in Chemical Reactions
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DeepMind AI Helps Study Strange Electrons in Chemical Reactions

Strange fractional electrons are crucial to many chemical reactions, but traditional methods cannot model them, a problem DeepMind used machine learning to fix....

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves
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Most Cryptocurrency Trades May Be People Buying from Themselves

As many as seven in 10 cryptocurrency trades on popular exchanges worldwide may involve people purchasing from themselves to inflate prices artificially.

3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs
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3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs

A “living ink” made entirely from bacterial cells can be used in a three-dimensional printer to create structures that discharge drugs or absorb toxins.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third
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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.
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