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Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services
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Alphabet's Waymo, GM's Cruise Get California DMV Approval to Run Commercial Autonomous Car Services

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted General Motors' Cruise and Alphabet's Waymo autonomous vehicle deployment permits.

Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance
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Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance

A survey of more than 1,000 U.K. residents showed high compliance among the half of participants who had downloaded the National Health Service App.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
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FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence
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X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence

Technology has retrieved secret correspondence from French queen Marie-Antoinette to Swedish count Axel von Fersen, that a censor blotted out with dark ink.

Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane
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Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane

An uncrewed surface vehicle built by California-based company Saildrone shot video from inside a hurricane.

Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid
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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process...

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options
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When Accidents Happen, Drones Weigh Their Options

New research by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is focused on gauging unmanned aerial vehicles' ability to recover from malfunctions...

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge
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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software
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Simple Make-Up Tips Can Help You Avoid Facial Recognition Software

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed artificial intelligence software that can provide makeup advice to foil facial recognition...

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins
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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees
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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.

Now We're Cooking with Lasers
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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Experiments by Columbia University researchers have considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample...
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