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Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models
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Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks — forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
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NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their colleagues at the University of Maryland have developed a step-by-step recipe to produce...

Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions
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Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions

A new smartphone-powered DNA detector can identify DNA in blood, urine, and other samples, on the spot.

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
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Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
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Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored
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Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored

Researchers  have discovered a metal-organic molecule that can switch between three distinct, long-lived states.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved
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Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo has expanded its Open Dataset and invited researchers to tackle one of five challenges related to the data.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
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How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

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. 

U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues
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U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues

A U.K.-funded supercomputer in Kenya is being used to simulate locust swarm migrations ravaging East Africa. 

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
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This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags
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In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags

To manage the coronavirus epidemic, China is requiring citizens to use software on their smartphones.

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...
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