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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth
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Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously between Houston and Fort Worth, TX.

Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque
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Smartphone Camera Can Illuminate Bacteria Causing Acne, Dental Plaque

Researchers have developed a technique to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in the mouth, using images taken by smartphone cameras.

Keeping Control of the Wheel
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Keeping Control of the Wheel

Developments in automotive cybersecurity.

Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health
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Forget Wearables: Future Washable Smart Clothes Powered by Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Health

Purdue University engineers have developed a technique to turn apparel into washable smart clothes that operate without batteries.

Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time
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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

U.S. Navy officials said an aerial drone successfully refueled a fighter jet in midair for the first time during a June 4 test flight.

The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components
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The Global Chip Shortage is Creating a New Problem: More Fake Components

Industry analysts believe that the global chip shortage is creating the perfect environment for counterfeit semiconductors to enter the market.

How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?
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How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

Researchers investigated virtual learning's shortcomings and proposed approaches for improving the experience.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs
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RISC vs. CISC Is the Wrong Lens for Comparing Modern x86, ARM CPUs

It's time to pull this discussion into the modern era and consider what the implications of this "RISC vs. CISC" comparison are for the ARM and x86 CPUs actually...

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch
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Controlling Insulin Production with a Smartwatch

A commercial smartwatch's green light-emitting diode can trigger an implanted molecular switch to regulate insulin production, thanks to researchers at ETH Zurich...

FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof
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FYI: Today's Computer Chips are So Advanced, They are More 'Mercurial' than Precise – and Here's the Proof

Rarely seen miscalculations now crop up frequently at cloud hyperscale.

Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber
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Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineering researchers collaborated on the design of the first programmable digital fiber.

Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet
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Quantum Memory Crystals Are a Step Towards Futuristic Internet

Researchers at Spain's Institute of Photonic Sciences have taken a step toward a secure quantum Internet by using crystals to execute quantum teleportation of information...

The Internet Goes Quantum
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The Internet Goes Quantum

A global network that would use quantum "entanglement" to weave intimate ties between far-flung users is beginning to take shape.

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says
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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips
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Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips

An electronic platform can read facial cues and vocal patterns and integrate readings from smartwatch sensors to detect psychological stress, according to Texas...
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