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A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate
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A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

A stretchable, skin-like device developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis communicate using small...

Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing
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Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. report the development of what they are calling the first biomimetic tongue using three-dimensional printing....

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes
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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.

The No-Code Generation is Arriving
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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function...

Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly
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Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

As  the pandemic forces more people to do more business online, some companies have started redesigning their websites to make them more user-friendly for older...

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor
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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.

How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around
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How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around

Now for the hard part.

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off
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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are...

Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution
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Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Michigan have developed a technique for generating non-volatile computer memory using titanium...

Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say
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Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Experts have taken issue with Google Health's artificial intelligence model for predicting breast cancer.

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers
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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.

2020's Fastest-Rising Tech Jobs? Programming Language PHP Leads the Way
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2020's Fastest-Rising Tech Jobs? Programming Language PHP Leads the Way

Job search engine Indeed said entry-level PHP developer is the fastest-growing technology job industry-wide.

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid
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Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia's stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said...

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
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Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.

The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier
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The U.S.-China Conflict Over Chips Is About to Get Uglier

Politics is roiling the semiconductor business model, sparking a drive for more autonomy from the U.S. to China, Europe and Japan.

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools
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Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo created novel three-dimensional design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require...
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