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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers
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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers

Leading researchers have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
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China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus

Researchers said Chinese social media platforms censored keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak as early as December, potentially limiting the Chinese public's...

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias
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How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

AI has proven to magnify the prejudices that skew human decision making against women and ethnic minorities.

Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge
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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch
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3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch

Scientists in Israel used three-dimensional (3D) printing to create perfusable cardiac tissue that was able to beat.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI
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Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have agreed to a five-year partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new drugs faster, and with greater precision.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...
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