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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds
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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds

New software developed at North Carolina State University can identify and fix so-called hang bugs.

Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne
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Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne

Woolworths in Australia is using technology to accelerate delivery of online orders and potentially improve order accuracy.

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies
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Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies

Forensic and digital healthcare experts envision the incorporation of virtual/augmented reality into forensic science.

Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results
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Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results

An international study has yielded insights into how mobile applications capture attention.

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly
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Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly

New computer models demonstrate how massive clumps of interstellar gas scatter some stars from their orbits and create galaxy disks with bright centers that fade...

AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images
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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition
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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing
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NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  have developed a new technique for three-dimensional printing of gels and other soft materials...

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time
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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.

Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles
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Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich say they have created accident-preventing software for autonomous vehicles that anticipates variations of...

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
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Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone...

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
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Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia recreates the sense of touch using haptic technology.

Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us
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Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us

Computer scientists are using artificial intelligence and digital databases to examine dreams and potentially identify mental issues.

Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression
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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression

A study from Dartmouth College found information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions...

AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers
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AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers

An automated system for vehicle license plate recognition could help identify dangerous drivers in real time before an incident occurs.

Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas
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Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas

Dartmouth College researchers discovered pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas using drones equipped with LiDAR and infrared and thermal imaging.
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