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Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors
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Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors

New mathematical models can assess the use of biomarkers for detecting glioblastomas (GBMs) and their potential for improvement.

Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up
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Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers have developed a robot that can untie knotted cables using the grippers on its arms.

How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI
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How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

Artificial intelligence is being used to read and translate cuneiform, helping to recreate ancient libraries by piecing together fragmented tablets and predicting...

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?
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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.

Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?
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Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Stanford University researchers are exploring whether emerging foundation models can help to realize the highest level of privacy, or "perfect secrecy."

Streaming from the Future
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Streaming from the Future

A machine learning system can remove buildings from a live view on a mobile device, which could speed up the process of urban renewal.

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown
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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud...

Found in Space
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Found in Space

Using deep learning to identify and classify astronomically distant objects.

NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work
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NASA Space Robotics Dive into Deep-Sea Work

Former NASA roboticists who helped developed the Robonaut 2 astronaut assistant robot are part of a research team that has developed a deep-sea robot.

Zooming In to Get the Full Picture
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Zooming In to Get the Full Picture

Scientists have built the most comprehensive single-cell map of embryo development in any animal to date, using the fruit fly as its model.

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts
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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts

The results of recent research have broad implications for dementia treatment.

Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations
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Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations

A new algorithm automates the process of tracking cargo ships via satellite data.

AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes
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AI Learns to Recognize Species of Splatted Mosquitoes

Artificial intelligence taught to identify living and dead mosquitoes could help monitor the species most complicit in transmitting diseases.

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science
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A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

DeepMind has expanded its database of microscopic biological mechanisms, hoping to accelerate research into all living things.

More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media
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More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media

Wildfire prediction model uses social media and geophysical satellite data for more accurate real-time forecasting and monitoring.

DeepMind Research Cracks Structure of Almost Every Known Protein
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DeepMind Research Cracks Structure of Almost Every Known Protein

Scientists at DeepMind used its AlphaFold algorithm to predict the 3D shape of almost every known protein.

AI Designs Proteins With Potential for Medicines, Vaccines
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AI Designs Proteins With Potential for Medicines, Vaccines

University of Washington researchers developed an AI software that can design structures for proteins that do not exist, including compounds that might find use...

HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound
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HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound

Researchers designed a novel therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that could prevent the virus from escaping treatment.

Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data
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Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data

BigScience is a global effort to build a more transparent, accountable AI, with less of the bias that infects so many Big Tech initiatives.
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