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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future
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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.

New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected
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New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

Information technology scientists detected 14 new types of Web browser-targeting cross-site leaks.

Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data
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Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Tech Research Institute claim they can improve DNA data storage 100-fold with a new processor they developed...

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm
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F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm

The proposed deal would give Nvidia control over computing technology and designs on which rival firms rely.

Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot
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Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Surveillance robot could help reduce disease spread and also aid contact tracing.

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics
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Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

On-chip frequency shifters can convert light in the gigahertz frequency range using continuous and single-tone microwaves.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers
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Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Engineers have proposed a simpler design for quantum computers by harnessing a laser to manipulate an atom and alter photonic states through quantum teleportation...

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.
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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'
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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans
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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks
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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.

Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension
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Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

A relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons could be constructed with currently available components.

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed
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Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

A new U.K. government standard for transparency requires ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision...

U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills
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U.S. Workforce Falling Behind in Digital Skills

A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation estimated that nearly a third of the U.S. workforce has limited or no digital skills.
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