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Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair
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Scientists Engineer 3D-Printed Bricks That Aid in Bone, Soft Tissue Repair

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have built three-dimensionally printed bricks that can be used to heal broken bones and damaged soft tissue.

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future...

Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says
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Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says

The automaker's Project Artemis aims to overtake Tesla as the industry leader in software.

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios
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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

Researchers developed and tested an augmented reality headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing
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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended
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Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended

A multi-institutional team of researchers has published Armada, a coding language and tool for high-performance concurrent programs that ensure code is mathematically...

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars
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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.

A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?
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A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the buildout of 5G networks appears to have been minimal.

AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?
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AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

A big study by the U.S. Census Bureau finds that only about 9% of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition—for now.

Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.
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Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.

The U.K.'s British Computer Society, Royal Statistical Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering have joined forces to develop industry-wide professional standards...

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.

Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins
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Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have created a process that uses big data to design new proteins.

Doing Something About the Weather
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Doing Something About the Weather

Computer scientists commit to climate action.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It
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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

Among the many things the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted is how fragile our artificial intelligence systems are. We need new approaches to ensure our AI systems...

Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny
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Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police use of "geofence" warrants is being disputed by criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco, and could be banned by lawmakers in New York.

Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers
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Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers hope their giant atoms lead to a simpler, enhanced form of quantum computers.

U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home
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U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

Computer makers were caught off guard by the huge surge in demand for laptops, with many retailers and distributors struggling to keep up during the early period...

Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts
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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities
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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot...
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