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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms
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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms

Factories and other industrial users ordered 28% more robots last year than in 2020, according to data compiled by the Association for Advancing Automation.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations
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Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations

A multi-institutional team of researchers has demonstrated that phonons contribute to superconductivity in copper-based materials.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Physical Systems Perform ML Computations
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Physical Systems Perform ML Computations

Cornell University researchers have trained physical systems to execute generic machine learning computations.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.
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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.

The price of Bitcoin has fallen more than 50% from its peak in November, which could prove costly for institutions that have bought into digital currencies.

New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT
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New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT

This is the first global standard to measure and verify supplier strust, and to protect digital infrastructure.

AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack
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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

The system—which has 70% to 80% accuracy—predicts if patients are at risk of a heart attack over the next year.

Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test
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Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test

Levels of 14 proteins in the blood of critically ill COVID-19 patients are associated with survival.

How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech
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How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is being used by an increasing number of athletes to record their physical performance and push themselves to achieve more.

Solving for Why
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Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger
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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger

Advancements in AI, machine learning, and next-gen technologies are transforming the fight against world hunger.
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