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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction
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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry
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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.

Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology
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Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology

An international team of engineers and researchers created a framework to assess and document the clinical usefulness of wearable computing devices.

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.

Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Researchers developed a new wearable sensor that monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.

Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit
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Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya discovered a previously unknown Distributed Denial of Service exploit.

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid
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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor
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Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing
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Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing

A new algorithm makes it easier for humans to recognize and analyze patterns that appear in both natural and manufactured systems.

Using Crowdsourced Computing to Fight the Coronavirus
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Using Crowdsourced Computing to Fight the Coronavirus

Folding@Home is more powerful than the world’s top seven supercomputers combined.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Tactical Deceit
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Tactical Deceit

The art and science of deception technology.

Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy
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Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy

A new embedded discrepancy operator could help scientists deliver more accurate predictions of how diseases such as COVID-19 spread through populations around the...

Laser Loop Couples Quantum Systems Over a Distance
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Laser Loop Couples Quantum Systems Over a Distance

Researchers have created strong coupling between quantum systems using a laser loop, enabling nearly lossless exchange of information and strong interaction between...
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