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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins
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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins

University of Arkansas researchers have developed computer models for calculating a drug candidate's protein-binding affinity.

AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier
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AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier

U.K. researchers have adapted an artificial intelligence algorithm to examine satellite images and identify the development of crevasses on the Thwaites Glacier...

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
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China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.

Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations
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Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations

A new epidemic modeling approach could significantly accelerate pandemic simulations.

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

Computers Aid Dentistry
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Computers Aid Dentistry

Small-scale CAD/CAM tools are among the high-tech capabilities being added to the arsenals of increasingly digital dentists.

Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity
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Meta Fined More Than $400 Million in EU for Serving Ads Based on Online Activity

Irish privacy regulator tells the Facebook and Instagram owner it can't use its contracts with users to justify sending them such ads.

Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second
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Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second

Researchers at Japan's RIKEN Prediction Science Laboratory applied deep learning to predict the impact of tsunamis in less than a second.

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA
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Designers in Hong Kong Try Out New Assistant: AI Fashion Maven AiDA

Fashion designers in Hong Kong showcased ensembles co-created by the Artificial intelligence-based Interactive Design Assistant (AiDA) at the Fashion X AI show....

Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem
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Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem

The fashion industry is tapping digital technologies to cut waste and modernize.

Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease
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Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease

A new computer-derived marker for coronary artery disease is based on machine learning and clinical data from electronic health records.

Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland
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Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland

Google has started beta testing hosting of digital driver's licenses and state ID cards for its Wallet application on Android, which will be exclusive to Maryland...

Inventor of World Wide Web Wants Us to Reclaim Our Data from Tech Giants
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Inventor of World Wide Web Wants Us to Reclaim Our Data from Tech Giants

World Wide Web inventor and 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee founded the startup Inrupt with John Bruce to help users reclaim their personal...

Wi-Fi Could Help Identify When You're Struggling to Breathe
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Wi-Fi Could Help Identify When You're Struggling to Breathe

Researchers developed the BreatheSmart algorithm to analyze a person's movements and determine whether they have difficulty breathing via Wi-Fi routers and devices...

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
From Communications of the ACM

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.
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