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Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips
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Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

The Michigan House has passed the Microchip Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to be implanted with microchips. Although theView...

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year
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World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

Israeli company Redefine Meat has unveiled what it calls the world's first three-dimensionally-printed meatless steak.

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

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 Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage
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How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Tsinghua University in Beijing are studying how the coronavirus pandemic has changed U.S. electricity consumption.

Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy
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Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

An international team of researchers have developed a plug-and-play lens that streamlines adaptive optics for microscopy.

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use
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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Researchers have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness into extended...

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise
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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie
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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
From ACM TechNews

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
From ACM TechNews

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.
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