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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19
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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

U.K. and Polish scientists have developed a technique to detect epidemic waves of COVID-19.

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register
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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.

Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution
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Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery as logistics operators faced with labor shortages turn to automation...

The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout
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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

Ultra-wideband technology could revolutionize interaction with devices, if privacy and other issues can be addressed.

System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard
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System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard

A new system developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo responds to users' hand gestures as computer commands.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal.

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip
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Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

National University of Singapore engineers have constructed a robotic hand that can grasp various objects using three-dimensionally-printed fingers.

AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland
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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

A new recycling facility near Helsinki, Finland, can process as much as 120,000 metric tons of construction waste per year with the help of robots.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone.

Delivering Smart Warehouses
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Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.

Creating Text Out of Thin Air
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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured...

Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice
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Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice

Texas-based teenager Archer Calder created a Web-based application to give his sister Della, who has a speech-inhibiting genetic disorder, the means to communicate...

Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning
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Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning

An early-alert system managed by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday warned Californians of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake by phone, seconds before it struck.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
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'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

Converting Laws to Programs
From Communications of the ACM

Converting Laws to Programs

In highly regulated industries, it is critical that laws are translated precisely into code that reflects their intent.

University Launches First Full Class in Virtual Reality
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University Launches First Full Class in Virtual Reality


What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?
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What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?

The next Internet revolution is upon us—here's why it matters.

World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers
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Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers

A collaboration between researchers has yielded a scheme to boost quantum computers' speed and efficiency.
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