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Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough
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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

City College of New York researchers say they have developed a quantum algorithm with the potential to study a class of many-electron quantums system using quantum...

Sensor for Smart Textiles Survives Washing Machine, Cars, Hammers
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Sensor for Smart Textiles Survives Washing Machine, Cars, Hammers

Researchers have developed a strain sensor for use in smart textiles and soft robotic systems that is extremely resilient.

Hybrid 3D-Printing Bioinks Help Repair Knee Cartilage
From ACM TechNews

Hybrid 3D-Printing Bioinks Help Repair Knee Cartilage

Researchers engineered two new three-dimensional (3D) printing hybrid bioinks that can be used to print a replacement for damaged knee cartilage.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
From ACM TechNews

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
From ACM TechNews

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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.

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

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.

MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera
From ACM TechNews

MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera

Researchers have developed a human motion-capture system using an ultra-wide fisheye camera strapped to the user's chest.

Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore
From ACM TechNews

Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

Technology that allows people to perform physical work remotely is proliferating across a host of occupations.

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real
From ACM News

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real

Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.

How Does Google's Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches
From ACM News

How Does Google's Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches

Right under our noses, the Internet's most-used website has been getting worse.

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
From ACM TechNews

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs
From ACM TechNews

Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs

Researchers used a new computer model to show the impact of gas clouds on the exponential fade in galaxy discs in an effort to explain star distributions.

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
From ACM News

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

NASA Advancing 3D Printing Construction Systems for Bases on the Moon, Mars
From ACM TechNews

NASA Advancing 3D Printing Construction Systems for Bases on the Moon, Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is collaborating with construction technology firm ICON to develop a space-based construction system.

Researchers Use Flying Insects to Drop Sensors Safely
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use Flying Insects to Drop Sensors Safely

Researchers have created a 98-milligram sensor that can be deployed by riding on a small drone or an insect and being dropped when it reaches its destination.

The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot
From ACM News

The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot

On Tuesday, the 3,500-pound RS3 helped to put out a fire in downtown Los Angeles.
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