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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface
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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers have developed an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit, or look up complex mathematical...

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.

Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy
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Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new tool can determine whether mobile applications for children comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches, and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it's...

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.
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Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.

Months after other countries, Britain will now use technology provided by Apple and Google to build a contact-tracing app.

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy
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Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy

The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat provides more personalized indoor climate control while eliminating the need for wall-mounted thermostats.

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game
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Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have digitized the movements of 14 dog breeds.

The Quantum Threat
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The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'
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Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'

Researchers in Canada created computer simulations of the potential human health benefits of a large-scale transition to electric cars.

Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That
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Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That

The Dutch government wants every citizen to download an app for tracking and tracing potential Covid-19 infections, but the app does not yet exist.  

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software
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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

The company said it hoped the moratorium "might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules" for the technology.

People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage
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People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage

University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed artificial cartilage.

IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology
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IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology

IBM's CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement.

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures
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Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

A new tool allows anyone to render mathematical abstractions as illustrations.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.
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