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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks
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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks

An international team of researchers developed a system that can read lips accurately through face masks using radio-frequency sensing and artificial intelligence...

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.

NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel
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NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel

The partnership is aimed at training and building a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations
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DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

Researchers trained an artificial intellgence to play soccer using an athletic curriculum resembling an accelerated model of a human baby maturing into a soccer...

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications
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Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications

A new computational model can forecast how doping semiconductor material zinc selenide with halogen elements chlorine and fluorine changes its optical properties...

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research
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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Computer proof assistants are being used to create online libraries of mathematical theorems and proofs.

Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time
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Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time

According to the teen, the software is four times more accurate than existing state-of-the-art detection methods.

Everything Apple Announced
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Everything Apple Announced

Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating.

Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges
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Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges

The transformative power of digital twins could be the answer to adapting to environmental changes, helping to democratize global efforts to reach net zero.

Ian Foster To Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
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Ian Foster To Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The grid computing pioneer is recognized with one of the high-performance computing field's most prestigious honors.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election
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YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election

Researchers found YouTube algorithms were more likely to recommend election fraud-related videos to users who already doubted the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential...

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow
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What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow

The DeepPrecip neural network developed by Fraser King and colleagues at the University of Waterloo models weather in order to measure annual snowfall and snowmelt...

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
From ACM TechNews

An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.
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