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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'
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PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has recommended detailed actions to spur "Industries of the Future," meet national STEM workforce...

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward
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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from...

How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI
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How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI

Automaker BMW used pandemic-related work stoppages as an opportunity to increase the use of artificial intelligence at its manufacturing facilities in Germany. ...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...

Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately
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Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that can facilitate the sharing of patient data without compromising privacy.

We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI
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We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI

More than 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide, but speech- and text-based services that use artificial intelligence are dominated by a handful.

3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs
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3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs

Marine scientists and architects created three-dimensionally-printed terra-cotta tiles to function as artificial coral reefs, in order to help restore devastated...

Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability
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Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability

Researchers at enterprise device security company Eclypsium reported a buffer-flow flaw during booting that could potentially compromise billions of Linux and Windows...

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer
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How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

A study found how "critical states" can be used to optimize artificial neural networks running on brain-inspired neuromorphic hardware.

U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength
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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength

The U.S. Marine Corps will test use-cases for Guardian XO Alpha, a wearable robotic exoskeleton from the defense-focused subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics.

Frances Allen, First Female Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award, Dies at 88
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Frances Allen, First Female Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award, Dies at 88

Frances Allen spent her career advancing the field of computing and inspired generations of technologists.

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks
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EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

The European Union has announced sanctions against the Russian military intelligence service, and North Korean and Chinese companies, for alleged cyberattacks. ...

AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform
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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform

Amazon Web Services and Vector, the New Zealand electricity and gas distribution company, have partnered to develop an Internet of Things and analytics solution...

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission
From ACM TechNews

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

Researchers are using computer models to determine how the coronavirus moves through a community, building, or small group of people.
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