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As Calif. AV population doubles, so do crashes

With three weeks left in 2018, California already has had a record year for the number of manufacturers permitted to test autonomous vehicles, the number of those vehicles permitted on the road and the number of crashes involving those vehicles.

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Wind-farm plots off of Martha's Vineyard fetched a stunning $405 million

Nearly 400,000 acres of ocean between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard sold on Friday (Dec. 14) for the most money ever paid for wind-lease plots in the United States. The high prices are spurred by Massachusetts' commitment to buy more renewable energy as it ratchets up its pledge to cut emissions statewide.

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It's time for a Bill of Data Rights

Ms. Tech It is the summer of 2023, and Rachel is broke. Sitting in a bar one evening, browsing job ads on her phone, she gets a text message. Researchers doing a study on liver function have gotten her name from the bar's loyalty program-she'd signed up to get a happy-hour discount on nachos.

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Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality

Forecasting musical taste. Detecting metastatic tumors. Generating synthetic scans of brain cancer. Creating virtual environments from real-world videos. Identifying victims of human trafficking. Defeating chess grand masters and expert Dota 2 esports teams. And taking the wheel from human taxi drivers.

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Get Used to Change - the Future is Agile

Technological development is accelerating the pace of change in the global economy. This has implications for issues ranging from how workers train to what the path of development will look like in the 21st century.

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Whistler wants to bill Alberta oil and gas company for climate change expenses

The municipality of Whistler, B.C., is asking the oil and gas industry to pay its "fair share" by chipping in for budget costs related to climate change. In a letter addressed to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. dated Nov.

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Communication between neural networks

The brain is organized into a network of specialized networks of nerve cells. For such a brain architecture to function, these specialized networks -- each located in a different brain area -- need to be able to communicate with each other. But which conditions are required for communication to take place and which control mechanisms work?

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Brazil could save more species at half the cost with new forest restoration plan | Imperial News | Imperial College London

A new approach to restoring Brazil's Atlantic Forest could triple biodiversity gains while reducing costs by US$28 billion. The findings, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution , will be used by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment and could guide restoration projects around the world.

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Nvidia's Scary AI Generates Humans That Look 100% Real

Believe it or not, all these faces are fake . They have been synthesized by Nvidia's new AI algorithm, a generative adversarial network capable of automagically creating humans, cats, and even cars. The technology works so well that we can expect synthetic image search engines soon - just like Google's, but generating new fake images on the fly that look real.

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Nasa scientists plan to send a nuclear robot to hunt for aliens

Scientists including researchers at Nasa have proposed a plan for a nuclear-powered robot drill that would dig into a moon in an attempt to find aliens. The plan, nicknamed "tunnelbot", would offer an opportunity to delve deep beneath the distant world of Jupiter's moon Europa and check whether there are aliens hiding beneath its surface, as some researchers suspect.

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Stem cells implanted into the brain stop epilepsy seizures in rats

For people with severe epilepsy, no medication is effective - but a radical approach of implanting stem cells into the brain could stop seizures at their source. The technique, which has so far shown promise in rats, would involve taking some of a patient's own skin cells and turning them into embryonic-like stem cells in the lab.

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Vaccine Using Microneedle Patch With RSV Virus, Immune-Stimulating Compound Is Effective Against RSV - News Hub

Skin vaccination using a microneedle patch that contains the inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a compound that stimulates immune responses to the virus has been found to enhance protection against this serious disease and reduce inflammation in the body after exposure to the virus, according to a study led by Georgia State University.

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Seven-Eleven opens trial store in Tokyo using facial recognition payment system - The Mainichi

TOKYO -- Convenience store giant Seven-Eleven Japan Co. launched a trial 7-Eleven store with a self-checkout system using facial recognition technology here on Dec. 17 as it aims to promote labor-saving measures and introduce cashless payments amid concerns of labor shortages.

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Research suggests path to vaccine or drug for late-onset Alzheimer's

DALLAS - Dec. 14, 2018 - UT Southwestern researchers have succeeded in neutralizing what they believe is a primary factor in late-onset Alzheimer's disease, opening the door to development of a drug that could be administered before age 40, and taken for life, to potentially prevent the disease in 50 to 80 percent of at-risk adults.

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