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Multifunctional Patch Detects Plant Diseases, Other Crop Threats
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Multifunctional Patch Detects Plant Diseases, Other Crop Threats

An electronic patch developed by North Carolina State University (NC State) scientists can monitor crops for various pathogens and threats.

Google Devising Radical Search Changes to Beat Back A.I. Rivals
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Google Devising Radical Search Changes to Beat Back A.I. Rivals

The tech giant is sprinting to protect its core business with a flurry of projects, including updates to its search engine and plans for an all-new one.

Detection Tool to Fight Flood of Fake Academic Papers
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Detection Tool to Fight Flood of Fake Academic Papers

Academic publishers have introduced an online tool developed by academic and professional publishing association STM that can identify bogus papers fabricated by...

Computer Simulations Show How Drugs Enter the Blood
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Computer Simulations Show How Drugs Enter the Blood

Chemists and pharmaceutical scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and Swiss drugmaker Novartis ran simulations on a supercomputer to gain insights into cyclic...

Bitcoin Mining has Raised Texas Electricity Prices 5%
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Bitcoin Mining has Raised Texas Electricity Prices 5%

The costs of cryptocurrency are increasingly clear. Are the benefits?

'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police
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'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police

New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the New York Police Department will deploy the technology this summer.

AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease
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AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease

Hyfe AI's database of over 700 million cough samples could be used to improve disease diagnosis and treatment.

What Delivery Apps Reveal About Food Disparities in Los Angeles
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What Delivery Apps Reveal About Food Disparities in Los Angeles

University of Southern California researchers used machine learning to analyze digital menus from restaurants across Los Angeles to identify food disparities in...

Interactive Mosaic Uses NASA Imagery to Show Mars in Vivid Detail
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Interactive Mosaic Uses NASA Imagery to Show Mars in Vivid Detail

The Global CTX Mosaic of Mars is the highest-resolution global image of Mars ever created, at 5.7 trillion pixels (5.7 terapixels).

How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains
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How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains

Firms are turning to advanced technologies to help answer a surprisingly tricky question: Where do products really come from?

Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.

AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind
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AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind

Scientists are gaining new insights into the human mind though artificial intelligence, including the mechanism of communication between neurons, and the roots...

AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings
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AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have created a new digital hurricane modeling technique that more accurately simulates storm trajectory...

Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones
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Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones

University of Washington researchers have created a prediabetes screening tool that taps the capacitive touch-sensing capabilities of smartphones to measure blood...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress
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Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress

Scientists at the University of South Australia are creating virtual reality maps of forest plantations to advance forestry management.

Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think
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Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think

Researchers used eye-tracking software to analyze building inspectors' gaze patterns to gain insights into safety assessment behaviors.

GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant
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GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant

Software developer hosting service GitHub launched a new version of its Copilot coding assistant powered by the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) multimodal...

Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance
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Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance

In its bid to catch up with Starlink, the company plans to build as many as four satellites a day.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.
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