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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers
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Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers

Researchers are using drones to capture images of some of the tallest glaciers in the Andes Mountains as they retreat, the result of climate change.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech
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Apple, Google, Amazon Decide to 'Play Nice' Over Smart Home Tech

Apple, Google, and Amazon are partnering to improve smart home technology.

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing
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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

NHS to Set Up National AI Lab
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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

The U.K. National Health Service is launching a national AI laboratory to enhance the care of patients and facilitate research.

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App
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Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google researchers have disclosed six vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage app that could make devices using it exploitable.

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms
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Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australian regulators intend to launch the first office committed to policing algorithms used by technology giants like Facebook and Google, to better understand...

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'
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­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'

U.K. researchers used a drone-mapping system they developed to survey Chernobyl's "Red Forest," one of the most radioactive locations on Earth.
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