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Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires
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Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires

Backscattering-based nano-tattoo sensor tattoos can communicate with nearby devices without needing batteries or wires.

UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War
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UN-Backed Team Scans Ukraine Historical Sites to Preserve Them Amid War

Two United Nations-backed engineers are using advanced laser-scanning technology to digitally preserve historical sites in Ukraine as three-dimensional models. ...

Tools to Assess Crime Risk for Young Cohorts Likely to Fail over Time
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Tools to Assess Crime Risk for Young Cohorts Likely to Fail over Time

Scientists suggest cohort bias driven by societal change undermines risk assessment instruments used to evaluate crime likelihood.

Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research
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Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina created a wrist-worn sensor that collects data on alcohol consumption less obtrusively...

The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'
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The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'

Scientists envision biological computers as technology that could help researchers meet challenges in previously inaccessible domains.

The U.S. Is Openly Stockpiling Dirt on All Its Citizens
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The U.S. Is Openly Stockpiling Dirt on All Its Citizens

A newly declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reveals that the federal government is buying troves of data about Americans...

Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way
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Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way

Despite the drawbacks of turning to artificial intelligence in medicine, some physicians find that ChatGPT improves their ability to communicate empathetically...

Technology Aims to Prevent Falls for Elderly
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Technology Aims to Prevent Falls for Elderly

The Move More Live More project in Northern Ireland aims to prevent falls by the elderly by predicting risks that contribute to falls weeks ahead of time.

3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun
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3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the skull and soft tissue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun using three-dimensional computer modeling methods...

Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels
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Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels

Purdue University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses using smartphone sensors.

'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco
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'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco

In San Francisco, autonomous vehicles from Cruise and Waymo undergoing "rigorous" training on local roadways are raising safety concerns among residents.

DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing
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DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing

Sorting algorithms are basic functions used constantly by computers around the world, so an improved one could make millions of programs run faster.

Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise
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Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise

Researchers using machine learning to analyze daily pneumonia cases in an intensive care unit gained surprising insights about COVID-19 patients.

Organizing Unstructured Data
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Organizing Unstructured Data

Vector databases, commonly used for similarity search and product recommendations, are a shining light in the era of Artificial Intelligence.

Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space
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Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space

Citizen scientists mined radio astronomy data from the ThunderKAT survey to discover new sources of sporadic space emissions that computer algorithms missed.

Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working
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Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working

A new technique produces artificial intelligence (AI) inference algorithms that can generate explanations for data and calculate their accuracy.

Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch
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Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch

The RobotSweater machine-knitted textile "skin" can sense contact and pressure to make a robot "smarter during its interaction with humans."

The Making of a Mona Lisa Hologram
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The Making of a Mona Lisa Hologram

An international team of researchers developed an acoustic metasurface-based holography technique, which they tested by recreating the Mona Lisa.

The Long and Short of Fish Lifespans
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The Long and Short of Fish Lifespans

Researchers have created a computational model to predict any fish species' lifespan.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
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Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.
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