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Rockets are heading to Mars. Artificial intelligence is creating arts and music. Genome technologies are finding new ways to help us stay healthy. So many tech developments happen everyday. We are sharing the most exciting ones with you here. Enjoy!

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‘It will change everything’: DeepMind’s AI makes gigantic leap in solving protein structures

Google’s deep-learning program for determining the 3D shapes of proteins stands to transform biology, say scientists.

Why we like it

Google's AI program, DeepMind, is helping biologists understand the amino acid make-up of proteins by providing 3D images.


Satellite boom attracts technology giants

Tech giants promise faster, wider access to data thanks to cheaper satellite launches.

Why we like it

There's a new space race and it involves nanosatellites!


Learning with — and about — AI technology | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Media Lab Personal Robots group head Cynthia Breazeal joined MIT Education Arcade Director Eric Klopfer for a conversation about AI's role in K-12 education as part of a new webinar series from MIT Open Learning.

Why we like it

These artificially intelligent animals are engaging kids in educational activities.


Google Used Artificial Intelligence to Create Two New Mashup Desserts Based on Baking Search Data

Meet the Cakie (half cake/half cookie) and the Breakie (half bread/half cookie).

Why we like it

This algorithm has used search data to come up with new baking recipes!


These five AI developments will shape 2021 and beyond

Despite the travesties of 2020, artificial intelligence has quickened its progress. Baidu upped its performance across vaccines, autonomous vehicles, language processing, and quantum computing.

Why we like it

Artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand in developing vaccines, automating taxis, and other applications.


AIs that read sentences are now catching coronavirus mutations

NLP algorithms designed for language, words and sentences, can also be used to read genetic changes in viruses—including coronavirus, HIV and flu—speeding up lab work to spot new variants.

Why we like it

Scientists are using natural language processing (NLP) models to understand how viruses mutate and how medical personnel can prepare for flu season.


The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in Video Games

Artificial intelligence runs on troves of data to make video games more immersive and visually effective where gamers can live and play games in realistic and natural way.

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This article takes you through the evolution of artificial intelligence in video games.


Nasa's Mars rover and the 'seven minutes of terror' - BBC News

The US space agency releases an animation to show how its Perseverance robot will land on Mars.

Why we like it

Computers play a critical role in getting a rover to Mars.


Neuroscientists find a way to make object-recognition models perform better

MIT neuroscientists have developed a way to overcome computer vision models’ vulnerability to “adversarial attacks,” by adding to these models a new layer that is designed to mimic V1, the earliest stage of the brain’s visual processing system.

Why we like it

MIT neuroscientists help refine neural networks that help make object recognition more accurate.


Salmon have been dying mysteriously on the West Coast for years. Scientists think a chemical in tires may be responsible

For decades, huge numbers of coho salmon have been turning up dead as they return to spawn in streams along the US West Coast. Now scientists have zeroed in on what they think is the culprit: a toxic chemical antioxidant that's used in tires.

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After a heavy rainfall, salmon have mysteriously shown up dead and investigators have recently found out why.


Boston Dynamics engineer reveals the 1 job that's perfect for aspiring roboticists

Chris Bentzel didn't think he would get hired at Boston Dynamics. The video game developer didn't have the right background, he thought. It turns out he had the perfect one.

Why we like it

This article explores the many opportunities at the intersection of robotics and game design.


The AI that spots Alzheimer's from cookie drawing

The machine learning system analysed speech patterns to predict who would develop the disease

Why we like it

Scientists are training an AI model to detect the early onsets of the Alzheimer's disease.


How Technology Has Changed The Holidays

Over the past 15 years, technology has grown rapidly, and the advancements have meant changes to how we gift and how we spend the holidays. Here are a few ways technology has transformed the holiday season.

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Technology has changed the way we give and receive gifts during the holiday season.


U.S. To Equip MQ-9 Reaper Drones With Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has awarded a $93.3 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc to equip their drone with new AI technology for smart, autonomous operations.

Why we like it

The military makes great use of drones and artificial intelligence.


Adidas' Futurenatural wasn't sewn together—it was forged like metal

Amazing design using cool technoloies.

Why we like it

The fashion industries uses technology to build better and more efficient shoes.


Amazon will make $25 custom-fit t-shirts using 3D tech, measurements

Amazon's Made For You brand employs a 3D technology that uses "your height, weight, and two photos to create a precise fit" for the custom garments.

Why we like it

3D technology is improving the online shopping experience for consumers.


How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

Retailers are increasingly using AI to try to predict and encourage what customers purchase.

Why we like it

AI learns what individual shoppers like and tailors ads to encourage people to buy company's products.


Artificial intelligence classifies supernova explosions with unprecedented accuracy

Artificial intelligence is classifying real supernova explosions without the traditional use of spectra, thanks to a team of astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics.

Why we like it

AI helps astrophysicists identify supernovae explosions to a high degree of accuracy.


AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence

Signaling a major leap forward for national defense in the digital age, the Air Force flew with artificial intelligence as a working aircrew member onboard a military aircraft for the first time Dec.

Why we like it

AI helps U.S. military pilot achieve critical tasks during a flight mission.


AI can now train on tiny 4-bit computers

Powerful neural networks could soon train on smartphones with dramatically faster speeds and less energy.

Why we like it

Researchers are finding more resourceful ways to support AI.


UCI biologist who harnesses antibodies honored as inventor

A process Charles Glabe invented enables scientists to detect individual disease forms more precisely

Why we like it

This professor discovers a new way to detect diseases more quickly than ever before.


Creating animal food from a greenhouse gas - BBC News

Animal feed is often transported thousands of miles so scientists are looking at new production methods.

Why we like it

Scientists have found a more sustainable way to produce animal feed and repurpose CO2 waste from companies.


Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Researchers have found an increase in anxiety and in thoughts about suicide in response to Covid-19 after analyzing Reddit posts. They used machine learning to study hundreds of thousands of posts, allowing them to identify changes in the tone and content of language that people used as the pandemic progressed.

Why we like it

It is fascinating to see how machine learning can help track those struggling with their mental health, especially during a pandemic.


A mathematical model facilitates inventory management in the food supply chain

It is a long journey from harvesting in the field to the cooked dish that reaches the dinner table. The food supply chain covers all those processes and the actors involved in satisfying the consumer's needs. To ensure that the chain is successful requires correct administration of the products in the warehouse, inventory, transport management and coordination between warehouses, transport and destination.

Why we like it

A mathematical model is helping support a more sustainable supply chain that will better the environment.


Stretchable sensor gives robots and VR a human touch

Cornell researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain.

Why we like it

Cornell researchers create an immersive technology between robots and VR to aid in future uses for physical therapy and sport medicine.


Five animals that have inspired modern technology

Scientists hope that copying how snakes slither could help them develop new hard-wearing paints and surfaces. Here are five more animals that have inspired new technology.

Why we like it

Here's how learning from animals has contributed to the invention of new technologies.


Scripps Oceanography to build fleet of robotic ocean floats

The array of floats will monitor ocean conditions around the globe

Why we like it

Robots floating in the ocean will gather information that will help us learn about the ecosystems we have longed to discover.


Cell-Free Technology Comes Of Age: BioBits Is Changing The Way We Teach Biology

Biology is an expensive field to dabble in, but $100 is enough to provide a classroom’s worth of BioBits kits. Since there are no live organisms like bacteria, expensive equipment necessary for the most basic biology lab — freezers, incubators, and sterile tools — are no longer a limiting factor.

Why we like it

Teaching has dramatically changed since COVID-19. Here's how these biology kits are transforming the way students are learning.


Algae engineering: A stepping stone to sustainable solutions

An ASU research center explores uses of biochemicals produced by algae to provide renewable energy, cleaner fuels, improve wastewater treatment and restore environmental health.

Why we like it

As researchers find alternative forms of energy sources, they look to algae and the way it harvests energy from sunlight.


AI camera operator repeatedly confuses bald head for soccer ball during live stream

An AI camera operator with ‘ball-tracking technology’ infuriated soccer fans last month when it kept on confusing a linesman’s bald head for the soccer ball. The technology was deployed to unintentionally hilarious effect by Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

Why we like it

Funny, but not funny. :) AI mistakenly identifies a man's head for a soccer ball.