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COVID Modelers Expand their Missions
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COVID Modelers Expand their Missions

Team science is writ (very) large.

Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak
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Researchers Develop Tool to Identify Existing Drugs to Use in Future Outbreak

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by a global team led by researchers at New York University can identify existing drugs that could be repurposed during...

VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events
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VR Trains Responders for Mass Casualty Events

Ohio State University said researchers at its College of Medicine have developed a virtual reality training program that represents a mass casualty event realistically...

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients
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How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients

Artificial intelligence is enhancing physicians' diagnostic abilities to better identify patients who might be vulnerable to certain ailments.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.

Building a Computer With a Single Atom
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Building a Computer With a Single Atom

New studies broaden the perspectives on what constitutes a "computer" and how small a computational unit can be.

Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms
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Using AI to Listen to Jordan's Date Palms

Startup Palmear has developed a device that uses acoustic artificial intelligence to identify early signs of red palm weevil infestations of date palm trees.

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects
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Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have combined computer vision and wireless perception into X-AR, an augmented reality (AR) headset that can visualize...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat
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Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat

Wilson's prototype "airless" basketball debuted during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
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Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.
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