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The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot
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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.

AI Shakes Up the Seismology World
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AI Shakes Up the Seismology World

Artificial intelligence is reshaping our understanding of earthquakes and other seismological events

VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells
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VR Software Allows Scientists to 'Walk' Inside Cells

New software enables super-resolution microscopy data to be visualized and analyzed in virtual reality.

Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data
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Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data

U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russel George said he will review Internal Revenue Service use of software that enables warrantless surveillance...

12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications
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12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications

The NExt ApplicationS of Quantum Computing project hopes to demonstrate practical use cases for the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices that soon will be available...

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo
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Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo

Japan Post Co. is testing in Tokyo a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights.

AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish
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AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish

Artificial intelligence researchers at Norwegian telecommunications carrier Telenor's Norwegian Open AI Lab are testing AI models to reduce costs and increase efficiency...

It's a New Digital Ballgame
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It's a New Digital Ballgame

Digital technology brings new elements to sports.

What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?
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What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?

A new mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles extends their performance without human intervention.

The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems
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Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems

Researchers found critical defects in two popular industrial remote access systems that attackers could exploit.

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...

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women
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In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women

Facial recognition algorithms have higher false-positive and lower false-negative rates for Black women, eyeglass wearers, and young children.

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert
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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Researchers last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance
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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph...

These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company
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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business...

Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions
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Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Eyeing the latest solutions in quantum computing.

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science
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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing...
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