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Study Provides First Real-World Evidence of Covid-19 Contact Tracing App Effectiveness
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Study Provides First Real-World Evidence of Covid-19 Contact Tracing App Effectiveness

A collaboration of U.K., U.S., and Spanish scientists revealed new insights on the use of digital contact tracing to control Covid-19.

LED Lighting Development Wins 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
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LED Lighting Development Wins 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

The 2021 QEPrize was awarded for the creation and development of LED lighting to Isamu Akasaki, Shuji Nakamura, Nick Holonyak Jr, M. George Craford and Russell...

Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines
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Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines

Six quantum computing experts are raising ethical issues about the technology's potential to create new weapons and ramp up human genetic manipulation.

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality
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Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality

An approach developed by researchers at NVIDIA and Stanford University can improve image quality and contrast for holographic displays.

Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe
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Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe

Physicists and computer scientists executed a massive cosmological simulation on the Mira supercomputer as that system's final project.

'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'
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'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'

Yale University's Marynel Vazquez and colleagues have built a robot photographer called Shutter designed to put humans at ease.

Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation's Grid Up to It?
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Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation's Grid Up to It?

GM's decision to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that...

Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses
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Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses

Delivery robot manufacturer Starship Technologies recently expanded its robot-based food delivery services to two additional campuses.

Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe
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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

A team of scientists used the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputer to measure quark interactions in hadrons.

Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair
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Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair

University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy has been named founding chair of the new ACM Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGENERGY)...

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality
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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core
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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.

Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty
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Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty

Researchers formulated a new artificial intelligence method for reasoning about uncertainty.

Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data
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Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a computational tool that can reliably distinguish between cancerous and normal...

Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies
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Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies

Scientists have decrypted the biomechanical function of the labial mask of dragonfly larvae, leading to a bio-inspired robot modeled after the same operating principle...

It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems
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It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems

Artificial intelligence makes it hard to tell when decision-making is biased.

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels
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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others...

Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption
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Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

A synthesizing compiler for homomorphic encryption can translate a plain-text unencrypted codebase into encrypted code on the fly.

Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells
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Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells

A technology developed at Australia's University of New South Wales Sydney enables three-dimensional printers to print bone-like structures, complete with living...
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