Shifting Ground: AI Analyzes Volcanoes for Signs of Eruption

Seattle, Naples and Tokyo are separated by thousands of miles, but they share a common neighbor: potentially devastating volcanoes. Around the world, about 800 million people live within 100 kilometers of a volcano, posing a threat to lives and livelihoods. Even eruptions that occur in remote areas can spread ash and disrupt public health, agriculture Read article >

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Deep Learning Shakes Up Seismology with Quake Early Warning System

Most people can’t detect an earthquake until the ground under their feet is already shaking or sliding, leaving little time to prepare or take shelter. Scientists are trying to short circuit that surprise using the critical time window during the spread of seismic waves out from a temblor’s hypocenter — an earthquake’s underground point of Read article >

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AI in the Sky: Startup Uses Satellite Imagery to Assess Hurricane, Fire Damage

Technology can’t stop a hurricane in its tracks — but it can make it easier to rebuild in the wake of one. Following a natural disaster, responders rush to provide aid and restore infrastructure, relying on limited information to make critical decisions about where resources should be deployed. It can be challenging to analyze these Read article >

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How Neural Networks Can Read Thoughts and Restore Movement to Paralyzed Limbs

While diving into the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of North Carolina with his friends in 2010, Ian Burkhart, then a college student, sustained a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. But with a brain-computer interface powered by neural networks, he can now use his right hand to pick Read article >

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Scaling the Universe: How Large GPU Clusters Aid Understanding of Galaxy Formation

For centuries, scientists have marveled at telescopic imagery, theorized about much of what they see and drawn conclusions from their observations. More recently, astronomers and astrophysicists are using the computing performance of GPUs and AI to glean more from that imagery than ever. A research team at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Princeton Read article >

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NVIDIA GPUs to Power New Berkeley National Lab Supercomputer, Accelerating Scientific Discoveries

NVIDIA GPUs will power a next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, announced today by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry and supercomputer manufacturer Cray. Perlmutter, a pre-exascale system coming in 2020 to the DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), will feature NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The system is expected to deliver three times the Read article >

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Counting Craters: Come On, Come On, Look a Little Closer — at Solar System History

The moon has captured humans’ imaginations for thousands of years — but an astronomical number of questions remain about its history, and the history of our solar system. Some of the answers lie in the craters that pockmark the moon’s surface. And with deep learning, scientists are able to see these craters more clearly than Read article >

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How Deep Learning Is Dispelling the Clouds Hanging Over Climate Models

Global climate projections don’t always agree on how much the climate will warm in coming decades. Some project temperature rises of three or more degrees Celsius by the year 2100. Others predict a 1.5 degree shift. The primary reason for this variation may be surprising: clouds. “Most of the uncertainties we have — not all, Read article >

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How Virtual Drug Discovery Tools Could Even the Playing Field Between Big Pharma and Small Biotech

While AI can lift competition and productivity, it also can act as a great leveler, putting smaller players on the same footing as goliaths. Take pharmaceutical research, for example. Large companies have the budget and resources to physically test millions of drug candidates, giving them an advantage over startups and researchers. But smaller labs can Read article >

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How Deep Learning Is Bringing Elusive, Light-Bending Gravitational Lenses Into Focus

Gravitational lenses have long been one of astronomy’s white whales, perplexing those who have devoted themselves to finding and studying them. But by applying deep learning and computer vision to the abundant data generated by today’s powerful telescopes, scientists are on the verge of being able to use hundreds of thousands of gravitational lenses to Read article >

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