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2023 Breakthrough Prizes Showcase Research in AI and Narcolepsy
Three prizes were awarded to six researchers working across the life sciences on cellular organization, protein structure, and the genetic underpinnings of a chronic sleep disorder.
2023 Breakthrough Prizes Showcase Research in AI and Narcolepsy
2023 Breakthrough Prizes Showcase Research in AI and Narcolepsy

Three prizes were awarded to six researchers working across the life sciences on cellular organization, protein structure, and the genetic underpinnings of a chronic sleep disorder.

Three prizes were awarded to six researchers working across the life sciences on cellular organization, protein structure, and the genetic underpinnings of a chronic sleep disorder.

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“Xenobot” Living Robots Can Reproduce
Chloe Tenn | Dec 2, 2021
Biological robots made from frog cells can replicate by smooshing loose cells into new robots—a reproduction method not seen in any other organism.
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New Studies Enable a Clearer View Inside Cells
Andrew Chapman | Nov 4, 2021
Armed with improved imaging techniques and supercomputers, researchers are generating detailed three-dimensional images of cellular structures that anyone can explore.
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AI Helps Predict Winners and Losers in Clinical Trials
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Pradipta Ghosh has plans to revolutionize the drug discovery pipeline.
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Predictions of Most Human Protein Structures Made Freely Available
Lisa Winter | Jul 23, 2021
The AlphaFold program from AI firm DeepMind has amassed a huge database of protein structures from humans and model organisms.
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AI Controls Laser-Guided Robot Worms
Ruth Williams | Jul 8, 2021
Automated control of light-responsive nematode worms marks the first foray into the development of multicellular, biorobotic organisms.
Best of Cancer Research
The Scientist Creative Services Team
This collection of articles from The Scientist explores some of the latest cancer research!
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Brain-Computer Interface User Types 90 Characters Per Minute with Mind
Shawna Williams | May 13, 2021
The experimental system, developed and tested in just one patient so far, relies on brain signals associated with handwriting to achieve the fastest communication yet seen with BCI.
Opinion: AI Could Aid Cancer Diagnosis, but Caution Is Needed
Adewole S. Adamson | Apr 1, 2021
While machine learning could improve detection of tumors at their earliest stages, it also risks identifying malignancies that would never cause the patient any harm.
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Watch a Trained Pup Detect Prostate Cancer From a Urine Sample
Asher Jones | Feb 18, 2021
Good girl, Florin!
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Dogs Are Teaching Machines to Sniff Out Cancer
Asher Jones | Feb 18, 2021
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers used dogs’ diagnoses of prostate cancer to inform a machine learning algorithm with the goal of one day detecting cancers with canine-level accuracy.
AI-Assisted Cough Tracking Could Help Detect the Next Pandemic
Max Kozlov | Dec 6, 2020
Some researchers have turned their focus to artificial intelligence to study an underused symptom common to most respiratory pathogens—cough.
DeepMind AI Speeds Up the Time to Determine Proteins’ Structures
Lisa Winter | Dec 2, 2020
The technology solves proteins’ 3-D shapes in minutes, when traditional methods may take years.
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Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint
Anthony King | Sep 21, 2020
A small study shows artificial intelligence can pick out individuals with coronavirus infections, but ophthalmologists and AI experts say the approach is far from proven to be capable of distinguishing infections with SARS-CoV-2 from other ills.
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Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2020
More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency’s 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.
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Big Data and Collaboration Seek to Fight COVID-19
Emma Yasinski | Jul 21, 2020
Researchers try unprecedented data sharing and cooperation to understand COVID-19—and develop a model for diseases beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
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New Journal to Publish Reviews of COVID-19 Preprints
Amanda Heidt | Jun 29, 2020
The open access publication will use AI to identify the most pressing manuscripts in need of peer review.
AI Is Screening Billions of Molecules for Coronavirus Treatments
Abby Olena | May 7, 2020
Machine learning has pegged existing drugs to repurpose for COVID-19 clinical trials.
Artificial Intelligence Decodes Speech from Brain Activity: Study
Lisa Winter | Mar 31, 2020
The technology, tested out on patients with epilepsy who already had electrodes implanted in their brains, is currently limited to 30–50 sentences.
COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Gain Enhanced Access to Supercomputers
Lisa Winter | Mar 27, 2020
Federal agencies, academic institutions, and industrial partners are joining forces to combat COVID-19 using artificial intelligence.