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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
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Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans
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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

Researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

 The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines
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The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines

Should lethal autonomous weapon systems be programmed to strike and kill without direct human oversight?

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out
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Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out

Salmon seem to prefer small robots to larger ones, a discovery that could help guide how fish farms are automated.

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...

Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers
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Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers

Researchers have created a system that uses the Amazon Alexa smart speaker's microphone array in combination with echoes of one’s voice to localize a user's whereabouts...

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
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Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.

A Filter for Cleaner Qubits
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A Filter for Cleaner Qubits

Researchers in Japan have developed a way to increase the lifetime of qubits inside quantum computers, through the use of an additional "filter" qubit.

China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
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China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus

Researchers said Chinese social media platforms censored keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak as early as December, potentially limiting the Chinese public's...

Spy in Your Pocket
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Spy in Your Pocket

Smartphones can analyze virtually every aspect of your personality, beliefs, and behaviors.

3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid
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3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid

New three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More
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Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More

A team of international researchers disclosed a previously undiscovered vulnerability that steals information from Intel's Software Guard eXtensions.

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness
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Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness

More companies are prioritizing employee happiness to enhance retention and productivity, giving rise to a cottage industry for monitoring, analyzing, and improving...

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Show Me the Methane
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Show Me the Methane

A new system uses hyperspectral imaging and machine learning for more accurate detection of methane emissions.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.
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