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Two Earth-like planets found in small, warm star’s habitable zone

Two Earth-like planets found in small, warm star’s habitable zone

The University of Göttingen has announced the discovery of two new exoplanets near the M-type red dwarf known as Teegarden's Star. The discovery was made by a team of international researchers, according to the German university that led the effort. Both Earth-like planets are described as slightly heavier than our own planet, and they're both located within the star's habitable zone.

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BBC Box personal cloud aims to rewrite the rules on internet privacy

BBC Box personal cloud aims to rewrite the rules on internet privacy

The BBC has built a personal cloud that not only collects up your data from services like Spotify, Instagram, and others, but promises to make interesting mashups like recommendations and more without demanding that you share your private information online. The BBC Box is part of a research project into ways people can control access to their personal data, at a time when trust in services like Facebook, Google, and others is pointedly low.

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Smart speaker skill uses AI to detect heart emergency and call 911

Smart speaker skill uses AI to detect heart emergency and call 911

When it comes to cardiac arrest, an emergency situation in which a person's heart suddenly stops beating, the majority of cases happen outside of a hospital. This is unfortunate given the immediate response necessary from others in order to save the patient's life. Here to potentially cut the number cardiac arrest deaths that happen during sleep is a new smart speaker skill that transforms Alexa into a vigilant guardian.

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NASA targets Saturn’s seasonal secrets with new space telescope

NASA targets Saturn’s seasonal secrets with new space telescope

NASA has revealed its next point of solar system obsession, planning to set the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope on Saturn to help pick apart its secrets. The ringed planet is unarguably the most distinctive of our celestial neighbors, but there's a surprising reason for our lack of knowledge about some of its core details.

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Scientists call for increased awareness for microbes and climate change

Scientists call for increased awareness for microbes and climate change

More than 30 microbiologists from around the world have warned that microbes are both impacted by climate change and can influence it. The scientists are calling for microbes to be included in climate change research and to increase the use of research, including innovative technologies and for improved education in classrooms.

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Photo Wake-Up AI creates ‘living’ 3D models from still images

Photo Wake-Up AI creates ‘living’ 3D models from still images

Forget animated faces and deepfake videos, researchers have unveiled a new artificial intelligence method for generating 'living,' walking 3D models using existing individual still images. The technology paves the way for interactive museum showcases and more, requiring only a single still image, painting, or even cartoon doodle featuring a reasonably clear subject in order to work.

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Scientists learn to make perfectly matched gas bubbles

Scientists learn to make perfectly matched gas bubbles

Researchers at MIT have been working on making confined gas bubbles develop uniformly rather than in the usual random way. The team says that the formation of air bubbles in a liquid appears to be similar to the creation of liquid droplets from something like a dripping water faucet. However, the physics involved in each process is quite different.

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Distortion-free wide-angle shots might soon be a reality

Distortion-free wide-angle shots might soon be a reality

When it comes to mobile photography, Google proved two important things. First, megapixel count isn't the end all and be all of quality. The second is that software can sometimes achieve what sometimes requires additional or more advanced software. Since then, it has become en vogue among smartphone makers to use AI, machine learning, and algorithms to produce certain effects using smartphone cameras. Now a group of MIT Researchers has come up with an algorithm to fix yet another common complaint about smartphone cameras: distorted wide-angle photos.

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This compound in fruit and nuts has safe anti-aging effect in humans

This compound in fruit and nuts has safe anti-aging effect in humans

Researchers have found that a compound created in the stomach after eating certain types of fruit and nuts has an anti-aging effect on humans. Called urolithin A, this compound is produced in the human gut from biomolecules called ellagitannins, which are found in pomegranates and other fruits and some nuts. There's a catch, however: not everyone naturally produces the compound during digestion.

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Moon rock time-capsule unlocks the Sun’s earliest secrets

Moon rock time-capsule unlocks the Sun’s earliest secrets

The secrets of our Sun may be found much closer to home - in astronomical terms, anyway - as NASA researchers look to the Moon's crust to answer core questions about our solar system. While Earth orbits in the so-called "habitable zone" around the Sun, the reason conditions for intelligent life arose here but not on other planets have long been shrouded in mystery.

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MIT researcher develops system to teach AI connecting senses

MIT researcher develops system to teach AI connecting senses

Two of the important senses that humans rely on for exploring the world are sight and touch. Humans can combine the senses of sight and touch to know what object they are holding and seeing. Robots and AI systems are unable to do that. Researcher Yunzhu Li and his team from MIT are working on a system to help robots to bridge their sensory gap when they have been programmed to see or feel.

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Experts warn sleep trackers may fuel anxiety, decrease sleep quality

Experts warn sleep trackers may fuel anxiety, decrease sleep quality

Many activity trackers and smartwatches now offer sleep-tracking features designed to monitor one's overall sleep quality, among other things. These devices are arguably useful for getting an overall picture of one's sleep habits, but researchers warn that sleep trackers may make things worse for some users prone to unhealthy obsessions and anxiety.

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