Breast cancer screening
Science

Cancer in the Crosshairs

Computer vision has potential to spot cancer earlier and more accurately than human experts. A new system surpassed human accuracy in trials, but critics aren’t convinced.
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Volcano erupting
Science

Predicting the Next Eruption

AI is providing an early warning system for volcanoes on the verge of blowing their top. Researchers at the University of Leeds developed a neural net that scans satellite data for indications that the ground near a volcano is swelling—a sign it may be close to erupting.
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Ancient geoglyph analysed by AI
Science

Prehistoric Pictures Rediscovered

Image analysis guided by AI revealed a 2,000-year-old picture dug into the Peruvian desert. Researchers analyzing aerial imagery shot over Peru found a pattern that looks like a three-horned humanoid holding a staff.
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Underwater camera detecting fish
Science

Fish Recognition

A deep learning system is helping biologists who survey offshore fish populations to prevent overfishing. The U.S. agency in charge of protecting ocean resources is using an underwater camera and neural network to count fish in real time.
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Machine compressing an object
Science

New Materials Courtesy of Bayes

Would you like an umbrella that fits in your pocket? Researchers used machine learning to invent sturdy but collapsible materials that might lead to such a fantastical object.
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Overview of the development and validation of our deep learning system (DLS)
Science

Deep Learning Tackles Skin Ailments

Skin conditions are the fourth-largest cause of nonfatal disease worldwide, but access to dermatological care is sparse. A new study shows that a neural network can do front-line diagnostic work.
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 A quantum processor and one qubit’s energy-relaxation time “T1” plotted as a function of it’s operating frequency and time
Science

Quantum Leap

A leaked paper from Google’s quantum computing lab claims “supremacy” over conventional computers. The U.S. space agency NASA, whose scientists are collaborating with Google on a quantum computer, accidentally published a paper describing the breakthrough.
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Face recognition app identifying individual chimpanzees in footage shot in the wilds of Guinea
Science

Chimp Recognition

AI is capable of picking faces out of the crowd — even if that crowd is squabbling over bananas in a jungle. Researchers at the University of Oxford developed a face recognition app that identifies individual chimpanzees in footage shot in the wilds of Guinea.
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Hardware components of the Augmented Reality Microscope (ARM)
Science

Seeing Cancer

Microscopes outfitted with AI-driven augmented reality could improve the accuracy of cancer diagnoses. Google Health developed an attachment for analog microscopes that outlines signs of breast and prostate cancer in real time.
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One of the Fast Radio Bursts showing remarkable structure in time and radio frequency
Science

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The origin of the brief, high-intensity signals from outer space called fast radio bursts baffles astronomers. Now AI is generating real-time data to help solve the mystery.
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Upping the Ante
Science

Upping the Ante

Artificial intelligence has bested humanity at chess, Go, even StarCraft II. But those games are played against a single opponent in one sitting. Poker requires neural nets to learn skills like tracking a table full of players and maximizing winnings over many games.
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