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This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish
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This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have constructed a self-powered squid-like robot that can swim via water-jet propulsion and record data on...

Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies
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Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies

Forensic and digital healthcare experts envision the incorporation of virtual/augmented reality into forensic science.

What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?
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What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?

A new mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles extends their performance without human intervention.

An Open Source Bionic Leg
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An Open Source Bionic Leg

University of Michigan researchers have released details online of the design of an open source bionic leg, and the results of its clinical tests.

Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy
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Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy

Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research have developed a mathematical model for more accurately predicting race times from the data assembled...

Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results
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Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results

An international study has yielded insights into how mobile applications capture attention.

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware
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The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early
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GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early

GitHub last week launched a code-scanning tool to help developers identify flaws in code prior to its public rollout.

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems
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Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems

Researchers found critical defects in two popular industrial remote access systems that attackers could exploit.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance
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IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance

Researchers are working on an open source project to determine and predict the orbits of anthropogenic space objects (ASOs)—man-made space debris—in order to avoid...

Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants
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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom
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Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom

A hacker who locked computer servers in Las Vegas' Clark County School District with ransomware released documents with stolen private data after officials refused...

Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites
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Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites

The U.K. this week launched four shoebox-sized "nanosatellites" into low Earth orbit.

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...
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