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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process...

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options
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When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is focused on gauging unmanned aerial vehicles' ability to recover from malfunctions...

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge
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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins
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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees
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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.

Now We're Cooking with Lasers
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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Experiments by Columbia University researchers have considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample...

'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations
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'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations

A research team at Cornell University has developed a recommendation algorithm that could improve Spotify by incorporating both likes and dislikes.

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI
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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Develops theory behind record-setting experiment for most accurate entangling gate ever demonstrated without lasers

Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits
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Researchers Develop Tool for Analyzing Large Superconducting Circuits

Method could help push forward the field of quantum computing

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses
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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance...
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