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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms
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Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms

A new machine learning computer model accurately predicts damaging radiation storms caused by Van Allen belts two days before they hit.

Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage
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Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage

Attacks on the light-based radar (LiDAR) of autonomous vehicles could drive them off the road, or freeze them in their (tire) tracks.

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very
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Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

A decade on, expanding open ecosystem highlights limits of monolithic approach to CPU design.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
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Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley
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Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs are looking outside Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, and New York City to establish technology hubs in U.S. states far from its coasts.

Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys
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Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys

Researchers found previously unknown vulnerabilities in encryption systems used by in-vehicle devices that communicate at close range with key fobs to unlock the...

Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge
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Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge recently concluded its Urban Circuit, with a team of robots and operators from NASA's...

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.

Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems
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Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems

Researchers have developed an approach to protect Army systems from attack in ways that don't require massive amounts of manual intervention.

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy
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NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted for two new supercomputers, which would triple the organization's computing capacity.

Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors
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Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have developed a free computer program that lets scientists measure structural and functional abnormalities...

This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles
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Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles

Researchers say a new motion prediction system enhances pedestrian detection in autonomous vehicles.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.
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