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Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System
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Android Phones to Track Quakes; California Gets Alert System

Google said Android phones will begin detecting earthquakes from around the world through their motion-sensing accelerometers.

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...

3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,

U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights
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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly
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Russia to Apple: You're Guilty of Antitrust Abuse over iOS App Monopoly

After Kaspersky complains, Russia's competition authority finds Apple abused its total control over the App Store.

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform
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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform

Amazon Web Services and Vector, the New Zealand electricity and gas distribution company, have partnered to develop an Internet of Things and analytics solution...

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future...

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.

Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins
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Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have created a process that uses big data to design new proteins.

Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic
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Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

A small number of devout Muslims are being allowed to participate in the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca this year, tailored for the coronavirus pandemic with the latest...

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the...

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.
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