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Planet Hunter: AI identifies planets from Kepler telescope data.

A machine learning model is scouring the cosmos for undiscovered planets. Astronomers from the University of Warwick developed a system that learned to identify faraway worlds in a dataset of thousands of candidates.
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Drones of a Feather: Caltech researchers publish work on drone swarms.

Deep learning is coordinating drones so they can flock together without colliding. Caltech researchers Soon-Jo Chung and Yisong Yue developed a pair of models that enables swarms of networked drones to navigate autonomously through cluttered environments.
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Birdwatching With AI: A computer vision system recognizes individual birds.

Neural networks learned to tell one bird from another, enabling scientists to study their behavior in greater detail. Researchers from universities in Europe and Africa trained eural networks to recognize individual birds with up to 90 percent accuracy.
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Scientific Discovery on a Roll: Scientists trained a robot arm to run lab experiments.

A mechanical lab assistant could accelerate chemistry research.What’s new: Researchers at the University of Liverpool trained a mobile robot arm to navigate a lab, operate equipment, handle samples, and obtain results far faster than a human scientist.
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Model See, Model Do: Researchers use DensePose to analyze animal behavior.

Scientists who study animal behavior spend endless hours observing and taking notes about a creature’s actions and reactions. Computer vision could automate much of that work.
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Underwater Atlas: Deep learning helps scientists map undersea ecosystems.

The ocean contains distinct ecosystems, but they’re much harder to see than terrestrial forests or savannas. A new model helps scientists better understand patterns of undersea life, which is threatened by pollution, invasive species, and warming temperatures.
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Taxation With Vector Representation: A reinforcement learning approach to better tax policy

Governments have struggled to find a tax formula that promotes prosperity without creating extremes of wealth and poverty. Can machine learning show the way?
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Seeing Sea Plastic: Computer vision spots ocean trash from satellite imagery.

A machine learning model is scanning the oceans for the glint of garbage. Researchers from the UK’s Plymouth Marine Laboratory trained a model to identify ocean-borne refuse.
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Triage for Pandemic Patients: Complications AlgoMarker measures a patient's Covid risk.

Israeli and American hospitals are using an algorithm to flag individuals at high risk for Covid-19 complications.
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First, Make No Harmful Models: Many AI systems for Covid-19 used biased data.

Researchers have rushed out a battery of AI-powered tools to combat the coronavirus, but an assessment of dozens of models is a wake-up call for machine learning engineers.
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New Machine Learning Resources

Machine learning engineers need tools and data to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are some that crossed our radar screen last week.
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AI on the Cob: An AI system predicted crop yields.

Deep learning research is harvesting better ways to manage farms. A convolutional neural network predicted corn yields in fields across the U.S. Midwest.
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Treatment — The Elusive Molecule: How deep learning could speed up drug discovery

Will deep learning discover new medicines? Startups — and big-pharma partners — are betting on it. The problem: In theory, there’s a pharmacological cure for just about any ailment. In practice, discovering those therapies takes years and billions of dollars.
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(Science) Community Outreach: A survey of machine learning from Eric Schmidt

Are your scientist friends intimidated by machine learning? They might be inspired by a primer from one of the world’s premier tech titans. Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Cornell PhD candidate Maithra Raghu school scientists in machine learning in a sprawling overview.
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The King’s Moleskine: AI tool helps archaeologists translate clay tablets.

Machine learning promises to streamline handling of tomorrow’s bureaucratic drudgery — and, it turns out, that of 2,500 years ago. Computer vision is helping researchers at the University of Chicago translate a massive collection of ancient records inscribed on clay tablets.

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