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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You
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In Autonomous Russia, Tractor Drives You

Two Russian companies have partnered on an advanced autonomous driving system for agricultural vehicles.

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.

Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

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.  

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

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.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
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Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife
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With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife

Sensors and other equipment aboard the International Space Station will be used to monitor wildlife, revolutionizing animal tracking.

Training Agents to Walk with Purpose
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Training Agents to Walk with Purpose

A new classification algorithm for relational data is more accurate and orders of magnitude more efficient than previous methods.

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.

Penn State Researchers Evaluate 2020 Census Data Privacy Changes
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Penn State Researchers Evaluate 2020 Census Data Privacy Changes

The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed using differential privacy as a new method to protect the identities of individuals when publishing public data.

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor
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Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor

The nascent seabed mining industry is using underwater drones to map the ocean floor in the hunt for precious minerals worth trillions.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters

The Signal encrypted messaging app is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI
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MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI

Microsoft announced that it's laying off dozens of journalists, editors, and other workers at MSN and its other news divisions.
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