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Race Cannot Be Used to Predict Heart Disease
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Race Cannot Be Used to Predict Heart Disease

The American Heart Association is removing race as a factor in predicting heart disease from a widely used cardiac-risk algorithm.

Is Argentina the First A.I. Election?
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Is Argentina the First A.I. Election?

The two men jostling to be the country's next president are using artificial intelligence to create images and videos to promote themselves and attack each other...

How Quantum Computing Can Benefit Drug Discovery
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How Quantum Computing Can Benefit Drug Discovery

Quantum computing aims to reduce cost and time.

Fake Reviews Are Rampant Online. Can a Crackdown End Them?
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Fake Reviews Are Rampant Online. Can a Crackdown End Them?

A wave of regulation and industry action has placed the flourishing fake review business on notice. But experts say the problem may be insurmountable.

Centimeter-Scale Quadruped Leverages Curved-Crease Origami
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Centimeter-Scale Quadruped Leverages Curved-Crease Origami

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a centimeter-scale quadruped robot inspired by origami.

Researchers Develop Solid-State Thermal Transistor for Better Heat Management
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Researchers Develop Solid-State Thermal Transistor for Better Heat Management

A solid-state thermal transistor enables precision control of heat movement in semiconductor devices using the on-off switching of an electric field.

Rats Use Imagination to Navigate in VR
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Rats Use Imagination to Navigate in VR

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute tested whether rats, like humans, can use their thoughts to navigate a virtual environment.

A Man with Parkinson's Regained the Ability to Walk, Thanks to a Spinal Implant
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A Man with Parkinson's Regained the Ability to Walk, Thanks to a Spinal Implant

The implant delivers bursts of electrical signals, stimulating his spinal cord to make his leg muscles move.

Thousands in Line to Get Brain Chip Implant by Elon Musk's Neuralink
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Thousands in Line to Get Brain Chip Implant by Elon Musk's Neuralink

The implant, designed to replace the removed skull piece, will read and analyse the person's brain activity and wirelessly relay this information to a nearby laptop...

Personalized A.I. Agents Are Here. Is the World Ready for Them?
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Personalized A.I. Agents Are Here. Is the World Ready for Them?

The age of autonomous A.I. assistants could have huge implications.

Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission
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Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission

An algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers aims to identify potential failures in simulated autonomous systems prior to their real...

Digital Twins May Enable Personalized Health Treatment
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Digital Twins May Enable Personalized Health Treatment

Combining data about the human body with patients’ personal data to create digital twins of their organs could lead to personalized treatments and help avoid medical...

Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone
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Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone

San Francisco-based startup Humane is pinning its hopes on what's being billed as the first artificially intelligent device.

Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism
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Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to robotics that uses insights from extinct organisms to create soft robots.

Finding Answers (About the Best Way to Find Answers)
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Finding Answers (About the Best Way to Find Answers)

Computer scientists at the University of Southern California considered which knowledge graph representations are best for different applications.

Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease
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Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease

A new deep learning algorithm can predict whether an individual's age-related macular degeneration will progress to geographic atrophy, which is more severe, within...

AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient
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AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient

A new artificial intelligence model could boost U.K. telecommunications providers' bandwidth efficiency and augment mobile networks' environmental sustainability...

Study Helps Explain How Selfies Are Used to Communicate
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Study Helps Explain How Selfies Are Used to Communicate

Researchers at Germany's Bamberg Graduate School of Affective and Cognitive Sciences enlisted 132 people to examine 1,001 selfies and characterize their first impressions...

Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World
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Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World

The Feature Fields for Robotic Manipulation method helps robots identify nearby objects by forming three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images and vision...

Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body
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Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body

These earbuds listen to you, to determine if your brain and/or body are working at peak efficiency.
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