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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs
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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

The U.S. military is working on new ways for soldiers and their dogs to communicate.

Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes
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Israeli Researchers Find Breach Allowing Hackers to Spy Through Remotes

Researchers in Israel discovered a security breach that would let hackers eavesdrop on users through voice-command remote controls from the Comcast cable TV service...

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo
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Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo

Japan Post Co. is testing in Tokyo a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights.

Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required
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Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a technique for three-dimensionally printing plastic objects that communicate with Wi-Fi devices without...

AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish
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AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish

Artificial intelligence researchers at Norwegian telecommunications carrier Telenor's Norwegian Open AI Lab are testing AI models to reduce costs and increase efficiency...

 Astronauts Will Vote From Space ā€“ Here’s How It Works
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Astronauts Will Vote From Space ā€“ Here’s How It Works

A SpaceX Crew Dragon IS scheduled to carry three additional U.S. crew members to the space station on October 31, just in time to cast their ballots there,

Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.
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Conservative Unease With Science Is Global, but Extreme in the U.S.

A Pew Research Center survey of about 1,000 people from 20 countries immediately before the Covid-19 pandemic found widespread trust in scientists and a strong...

'Liking' an Article Online May Mean Less Time Spent Reading It
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'Liking' an Article Online May Mean Less Time Spent Reading It

Ohio State University researchers suggest that when people are offered the option to "like" an online article, they spend less time actually reading it.

It's a New Digital Ballgame
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It's a New Digital Ballgame

Digital technology brings new elements to sports.

This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish
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This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have constructed a self-powered squid-like robot that can swim via water-jet propulsion and record data on...

Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies
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Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies

Forensic and digital healthcare experts envision the incorporation of virtual/augmented reality into forensic science.

What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?
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What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?

A new mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles extends their performance without human intervention.

An Open Source Bionic Leg
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An Open Source Bionic Leg

University of Michigan researchers have released details online of the design of an open source bionic leg, and the results of its clinical tests.

Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy
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Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy

Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research have developed a mathematical model for more accurately predicting race times from the data assembled...

Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results
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Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results

An international study has yielded insights into how mobile applications capture attention.

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware
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The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.
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