iNaturalist: An AI-Powered App to Crow About on Earth Day

This April 22 put a little AI in your Earth Day. Whether you’re cleaning up a beach, planting a tree or starting a garden, iNaturalist makes it easy to get in touch with nature. iNaturalist is a crowd-sourced species identification app powered by AI. For the casual nature observer, the app allows people to snap Read article >

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Night of the Living Bacteria: How GPUs Aid Fight Against Zombie-Like Bugs

When health officials use words like “nightmare” and “apocalypse” to describe a problem, it’s probably time to pay attention. We’re in a war with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and we’re losing. Antibiotics that saved millions of lives in the last century are increasingly powerless against a growing number of superbugs that have evolved to survive our pharmacological Read article >

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From AI to Zzzz: MIT, Mass General Aim Deep Learning at Study of Sleep Stages

Sleeplessness is a national epidemic. It’s hard to solve and complicated by how difficult it is to study. One in three U.S. adults generally don’t sleep enough, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which defines healthy sleep as more than seven hours daily. Chest straps, nasal probes and head electrodes are among Read article >

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Star Power: Why the World’s Largest Telescope Relies on GPUs

The universe’s oldest, most distant galaxies may hold clues about the future of our own. But even with the world’s largest telescope, scientists won’t be able to see those galaxies clearly without our GPUs. The European-Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will capture images 15 times sharper than the dazzling shots the Hubble telescope has beamed Read article >

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Hail Yes: How Deep Learning Could Improve Forecasts for Damaging Storms

Imagine tens of thousands of golf balls falling from the sky at more than 100 mph, and you’ll get an idea of the damage hail can wreak. In just a few minutes, it can batter and ruin crops, dent cars and smash windshields, and even bash holes in houses and buildings — resulting in billions Read article >

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Med School Goes Virtual (Though Tests Stay Real)

The infant is struggling to breathe, and you’re a medical student trying to save her life. The emergency room is a frenzy of beeping monitors, bustling nurses and a panicky mother. And nothing you’ve tried is working. It feels real, but luckily it’s all virtual reality. ER doctors need to be prepared for anything, but Read article >

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Princeton, University of Málaga Win $200,000 in Global Impact Awards

NVIDIA has awarded $200,000 in Global Impact Award prizes to Princeton University and the University of Málaga for their pioneering research efforts to address social, humanitarian and environmental problems. Researchers at Princeton’s Astrophysical Sciences Department have used deep learning to advance the future prospects for fusion energy feasibility, earning a $100,000 Global Impact Award. Unleashing Read article >

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No Barrier to This Reef: Dazzling Film Brings Coral to Life in GPU-Powered Museum Show

The slithery spotted eel isn’t really swimming over you, and you’re not surrounded by a school of light blue fish. But it sure feels that way as you plunge into Expedition Reef, the new planetarium show at the California Academy of Sciences. The San Francisco museum’s GPU-powered coral reef experience immerses viewers in a dramatic Read article >

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Brainiac vs. Brain Cancer: Teen Tackles Deadly Disease

Teenager Kavya Kopparapu has accomplished more than most of us ordinary mortals. Before entering her senior year of high school, she’d invented an AI-powered tool to prevent blindness in diabetics. She’d co-created a mobile app to let EMTs securely pull medical information from unconscious patients’ smartphones. And she’d founded a nonprofit to support girls in Read article >

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Call of the Wild(book): How GPUs Help Track Threatened Animal Species

It’s not true that if you’ve seen one zebra you’ve seen them all. But unless researchers can get a handle on their real numbers, it one day may be. To do that, you have to be able to identify individual zebras and — as Tanya Berger-Wolf discovered after spending 25 minutes trying to identify a Read article >

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