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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19
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Researchers Turn to Wearable Tech in Race to Track Covid-19

Researchers are using wearable technologies that monitor fluctuations in biomarkers to collect real-time patient data, to try to track the spread of Covid-19.

Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers
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Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Silq is a research project that does not yet run on any of the existing quantum hardware platforms.

Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew
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Robots Armed with UV Light Fight Grape Mildew

A multi-institutional and international collaboration has yielded autonomous robots that use ultraviolet lamps to kill powdery mildew on crops.

Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest
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Electronic Nose Sniffs Out Perfectly Ripe Peaches for Harvest

Researchers have developed an electronic nose system to sniff out the ripest peaches for harvest.

Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around
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Java Beats Python to Remain the Most Popular Programming Language Around

Java, JavaScript, and Python are the three most popular programming languages in use among developers.

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects
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Self-Driving Cars That Recognize Free Space Can Better Detect Objects

Researchers have developed a method to improve self-driving vehicles's ability to detect objects by enabling them to recognize empty space.

Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack
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Billions of Smart Home Devices Open to Attack

A newly discovered vulnerability in the Universal Plug and Play networking protocol could expose billions of smart home devices to cyberattack.

U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web
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U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web

Researchers have found that data on millions of U.S. voters is being illegally traded on parts of the Internet not searchable using normal means.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
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Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover
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The Extraordinary Sample-Gathering System of NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will launch the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission on July 17.

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
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Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a 'brain on a chip' composed of tens of thousands of memristors.

Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown
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Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown

The planned test is part of a project to develop an artificial intelligence-driven drone that could change the face of air combat.

Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells
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Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells

When an evolutionary algorithm generates a successful robot design, the next step is usually to manufacture a physical robot from metals or plastics. Now, researchers...

Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study
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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study

Traffic experts say nine in 10 crashes result from human error, and more than 36,000 people died in U.S. car crashes last year.

Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor
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Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor

The nascent seabed mining industry is using underwater drones to map the ocean floor in the hunt for precious minerals worth trillions.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award
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Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Google's Luiz Andre Barroso to receive the 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award.

Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap
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Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap

Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Center and quantum computing startup Quantum Brilliance have announced a quantum-supercomputing innovation hub.

Evacuating Virtual Buildings
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Evacuating Virtual Buildings

Researchers in the Netherlands are studying how virtual reality and augmented reality could help explain the behavior of pedestrians.
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