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Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools
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Mussel Sensors Pave the Way for Environmental Monitoring Tools

Researchers are using a new sensor system to remotely monitor freshwater mussels, as a means of detect harmful toxins in the waters in which they live.

Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap
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Higher Education Readies for a Quantum Leap

The nascent quantum industry is calling on higher education to begin preparing a quantum workforce with a broader, less specialized range of technical skills.

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
From ACM TechNews

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Control System Helps Several Drones Team Up to Deliver Heavy Packages
From ACM TechNews

Control System Helps Several Drones Team Up to Deliver Heavy Packages

A new adaptive control algorithm helps unmanned aerial vehicles collaborate to deliver heavy parcels.

Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought
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Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought

Researchers have developed a method of predicting a monkey's intended eye or hand movements using ultrasound imaging.

New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says
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New Software Vendor Standards Coming Within Weeks, CISA Head Says

The White House is leading an interagency effort focused on software development that will determine federal procurement of information technology.

This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot
From ACM TechNews

This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot

The Cambridge-1 supercomputer has entered its first stages of operation just 20 weeks after it was first announced.

Engineers Combine AI, Wearable Cameras in Self-Walking Robotic Exoskeletons
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Engineers Combine AI, Wearable Cameras in Self-Walking Robotic Exoskeletons

Researchers combined computer vision and deep-learning artificial intelligence technology in an effort to develop robotic exoskeleton legs that can make decisions...

The Best of NLP
From Communications of the ACM

The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
From ACM News

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.

Rancho Mirage Lands the Country's First 3D-Printed Housing Community
From ACM TechNews

Rancho Mirage Lands the Country's First 3D-Printed Housing Community

Developer Palari is planning the first three-dimensional-printed housing community in the U.S. in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'
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Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'

Researchers claim breakthrough in study of 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical calculator found in sea

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
From ACM TechNews

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer
From ACM TechNews

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer

Israel's Innovation Authority and Defense Ministry have committed $60 million to building the country's first quantum computer.

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings
From ACM TechNews

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings

Researchers in China were inspired by a golden eagle to build a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer
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Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer

Majorana particles would make perfect qubits to build a large quantum computer, but their creation and detection in 2018 was probably no more than overinterpreted...

Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks
From ACM TechNews

Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks

A short-term technology may help clear a path toward next-generation computer hard disks by utilizing microwaves with existing platter material.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
From ACM News

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.

An Autonomous High-Speed Transporter for Tomorrow's Logistics
From ACM TechNews

An Autonomous High-Speed Transporter for Tomorrow's Logistics

Automated aerial vehicles guided by artificial intelligence are under development to enhance logistics.
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