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Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation
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Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation

Scientists have developed a computer model that can directly render text describing physical movements as computer-generated animation, an initial step toward creating...

Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...

Developing Embedded Systems Faster
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Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Researchers in a consortium of eight partners from six EU countries have created a platform that makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing...

Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water
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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

A new smartphone app can detect extremely small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when used with a microscope attachment...

Artificial Muscles Bloom, Dance, Wave
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Artificial Muscles Bloom, Dance, Wave

Researchers in South Korea have developed an ultrathin artificial muscle, also called an actuator, for soft robotics.

App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster
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App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster

A new app can detect devices installed in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data.

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
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Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked
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2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked

An early-warning earthquake app's failure to alert Los Angeles residents of tremors from two quakes in July prompted an upgrade so weaker tremors will set off warnings...

SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?
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SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?

A new app could be used to determine what a computer user is typing.

Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries...

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages
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WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found three potential ways to alter conversations in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.

FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices
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FDA Seeks Virtual Heart to Test Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with French software company Dassault Systemes to develop a virtual model of the human heart for evaluating new...

Apple, Eli Lilly, Evidation Present First Results From Digital Alzheimer's Study
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Apple, Eli Lilly, Evidation Present First Results From Digital Alzheimer's Study

A 12-week study by drugmaker Eli Lilly, Apple, and Evidation Health found consumer devices and mobile apps could potentially help identify people with mild cognitive...

'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients
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'Blood Pressure Video Selfies' Could Be Used to Monitor Patients

A new study has found that two-minute-long smartphone videos of patients' faces can be used to take blood-pressure readings of those individuals that are 96% accurate...

Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones
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Switzerland Strives to Be Global Leader in Opening Skies for Drones

The Swiss government is working to develop a system to handle ever-increasing aerial drone traffic, with the goal of allowing such unmanned aircraft to operate...

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App
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Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google researchers have disclosed six vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage app that could make devices using it exploitable.

In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch
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In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

The benefits of genetic engineering tool CRISPR have been widely discussed. But what if something goes wrong?

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.
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