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Getting to the Root of the Problem In Tree Digital Twin Models
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Getting to the Root of the Problem In Tree Digital Twin Models

A new computational model simulates the coordinated three-dimensional development of trees and their roots.

How Hacking Honeybees Brings AI Closer to the Hive
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How Hacking Honeybees Brings AI Closer to the Hive

Computer scientists have developed a new form of decision-making machine intelligence by analyzing the brains of honeybees.

The ESRB Wants to Start Using Facial Scanning Technology to Check People's Ages
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The ESRB Wants to Start Using Facial Scanning Technology to Check People's Ages

The FTC is now seeking public feedback on the ESRB's proposal.

Teachers Put AI Tutoring Bots to the Test
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Teachers Put AI Tutoring Bots to the Test

Three public schools in Newark, NJ, are testing an artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted teaching aid from education nonprofit Khan Academy.

Computer-Assisted Proofs Take on Fluid Flow
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Computer-Assisted Proofs Take on Fluid Flow

Researchers use computers to show that equations can "blow up."

Sweaty Robot May Help Humans Understand Impact of Soaring Heat
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Sweaty Robot May Help Humans Understand Impact of Soaring Heat

An Arizona State University researcher described the Advanced Newton Dynamic Instrument robot  as "the world's first outdoor thermal mannequin."

Brain-Computer Interface Connects via Ear Canal
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Brain-Computer Interface Connects via Ear Canal

Scientists in China have built a non-invasive interface that can connect a human brain to a computer via the wearer's inner ear.

AI That Teaches Other AI
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AI That Teaches Other AI

Scientist demonstrated that robots can be trained to train other robots by sharing their knowledge.

Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave
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Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave

Retail giant Amazon has announced a new contactless transaction service that allows shoppers to pay with their palms.

Biosensor Offers Real-Time Dialysis Feedback
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Biosensor Offers Real-Time Dialysis Feedback

Researchers at Iran's Shahrood University of Technology engineered a new biosensor to expedite hemodialysis procedures by providing dialysis feedback in real time...

Can VR Mimic Nature's Power to Make Us Healthier?
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Can VR Mimic Nature's Power to Make Us Healthier?

Scientists are investigating whether virtual reality can offer some of the health benefits of being in nature.

Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets
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Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets

Some corporate leaders have banned the use of generative artificial intelligence tools over concerns about exposing sensitive company and customer information. ...

Spinning Into the Future – New Waveguide Is Changing the Way Data Is Transferred, Manipulated
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Spinning Into the Future – New Waveguide Is Changing the Way Data Is Transferred, Manipulated

Physicists have pioneered a method to engineer electromagnetic spin on metasurfaces, addressing the data storage and transfer needs of an increasingly digital world...

Digital Twins Give Hydrogen a Greener Path to Growth
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Digital Twins Give Hydrogen a Greener Path to Growth

A researcher thinks digital twins could help lower clean hydrogen production costs by monitoring the state of hydrogen electrolyzers.

Wearable Biosensor for Monitoring Sweat Electrolytes
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Wearable Biosensor for Monitoring Sweat Electrolytes

Researchers in Japan engineered an innovative sweat biosensor by depositing a flexible chloride ion sensor onto a textile substrate through heat-transfer printing...

Europe Looks to Virtual Factories in New Industrial Revolution
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Europe Looks to Virtual Factories in New Industrial Revolution

The European Union is funding the Digital Intelligent MOdular FACtories project to advance the concept of virtual factories or digital twins throughout Europe. ...

A New Way to Look at Data Privacy
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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy

A new metric allows a small amount of noise to be added to models to protect sensitive data while maintaining the model's accuracy.

AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong
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AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, completed successful trials of a robot that treats brain tumors.

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do
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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers trained an artificial neural network to function like the brain's inferior temporal cortex to improve computer...
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