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Intel wants to use AI to reconnect damaged spinal nerves

AI's use in medicine could soon extend to one of the medical world's toughest challenges: helping the paralyzed regain movement. Intel and Brown University have started work on a DARPA-backed Intelligent Spine Interface project that would use AI to… Source: Engadget | Intel wants to use AI to reconnect damaged spinal nerves

Scientists discover water vapor on an exoplanet with a rocky core

Water vapor is common in gas giants; Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all have H2O floating around in their atmospheres. But water on a rocky planet is exceedingly rare, making the discovery of water vapor — and possibly even rain — on the exopl… Source: Engadget | Scientists discover water vapor on an exoplanet with …

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Microfluidic sensor could spot life-threatening sepsis in minutes

Sepsis (where your immune system starts a chain of inflammation reactions) is potentially deadly, especially if septic shock leads your organs to fail, but diagnosing that in a timely fashion is still difficult or requires an unwieldy device. Thankf… Source: Engadget | Microfluidic sensor could spot life-threatening sepsis in minutes

Researchers may have witnessed the birth of a black hole

Researchers believe they might have an explanation for an incredibly bright event that took place in a distant dwarf galaxy. Scientists observed it last June when the object in question lit up and then faded over the course of 16 days, and it has con… Source: Engadget | Researchers may have witnessed the birth of …

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China detains scientist who claims to have made gene-edited babies

China was quick to halt the work of scientist He Jiankui after he claimed to have created the first genetically edited babies, but that apparently wasn't enough. After weeks of uncertainty surrounding He's whereabouts, the New York Times has learned… Source: Engadget | China detains scientist who claims to have made gene-edited babies

AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

You might not see most objects in near-total darkness, but AI can. MIT scientists have developed a technique that uses a deep neural network to spot objects in extremely low light. The team trained the network to look for transparent patterns in da… Source: Engadget | AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down

It's rather important to secure cloud-based AI systems, especially when they they use sensitive data like photos or medical records. To date, though, that hasn't been very practical — encrypting the data can render machine learning systems so slow… Source: Engadget | MIT can secure cloud-based AI without slowing it down

Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

Do you instinctively reach for your smartphone whenever you're in an awkward chat with unfamiliar people, or just feel like you're the odd one out? There's likely a good reason for it. Researchers have published a study indicating that people treat… Source: Engadget | Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

Harvard's tiny robot can swim and walk underwater

Harvard is developing a knack for tiny amphibious robots. Its researchers have upgraded the Harvard Ambulatory Microbot (HAMR) with the ability to swim and walk underwater, in addition to walking on land. Its foot pads use surface tension and relat… Source: Engadget | Harvard's tiny robot can swim and walk underwater

Radio telescopes show theory of gravity holds in extreme situations

Radio telescopes have been crucial to some crucial discoveries regarding the nature of the universe. Now, though, they're verifying the basic rules of the cosmos. An international group of astronomers has shown that Einstein's theory of gravity hol… Source: Engadget | Radio telescopes show theory of gravity holds in extreme situations

Research shows Facebook (probably) isn’t listening through your phone

Some people still believe that their phones are listening in to gather data that will inform targeted advertising or compromise their privacy. Facebook has directly denied that its apps are listening in Congressional hearings, but there hasn't been a… Source: Engadget | Research shows Facebook (probably) isn’t listening through your phone

Experimental drone uses AI to spot violence in crowds

Drone-based surveillance still makes many people uncomfortable, but that isn't stopping research into more effective airborne watchdogs. Scientists have developed an experimental drone system that uses AI to detect violent actions in crowds. The te… Source: Engadget | Experimental drone uses AI to spot violence in crowds

Ocean waves show Earth's CO2 imbalance is greater than expected

Scientists might need to tweak their understanding of climate change in the near future. British researchers have determined that ocean waves play a considerably more important role in trapping carbon dioxide than previously thought. Their studies… Source: Engadget | Ocean waves show Earth's CO2 imbalance is greater than expected

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