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Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm
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Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm

Researchers have developed a faster, more accurate three-dimensional particle-tracking system for monitoring the motion of particles in flow.

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.
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The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages from computer chips to construction materials were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in...

Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'
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Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A study by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi at the University of California, Irvine on the potential impact of a coronal mass ejection on the global Internet finds that continent...

More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital
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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?
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Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?

Many users leave sensitive personal information on their electronic devices when discarding them, according to scientists at Canada's universities of Guelph and...

Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM
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Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM

The ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication has awarded its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Hari Balakrishnan...

Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Leads to Pivotal Discovery for the Development of New Quantum Devices
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Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Leads to Pivotal Discovery for the Development of New Quantum Devices

Ultrafast electron microscope opens up new avenues for the development of sensors and quantum devices.

Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch
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Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch

Two years after its pilot launched in Logan, Australia, Alphabet's drone delivery company Wing is nearing its 100,000th customer delivery.

Surprisingly Popular Voting Algorithm to Recover Ranked Choices
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Surprisingly Popular Voting Algorithm to Recover Ranked Choices

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can retrieve ranked choices by combining people's own opinions or votes with their predictions of others' responses...

Scientists Reveal World's First 3D-Printed Wagyu Beef
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Scientists Reveal World's First 3D-Printed Wagyu Beef

Scientists at Japan's Osaka University have unveiled what they are calling the first-ever three-dimensionally-printed Wagyu beef, created using stem cells extracted...

Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG
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Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG

New software uses a digital camera to automatically detect a baby's face in a hospital bed and remotely monitor its health.

Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?
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Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?

A new system can maintain network connections when optical fibers break by reconfiguring optical transmissions from damaged fibers to healthy ones.

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing
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No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing

It seems evaporated glass, chains of ions, and quantum stability go hand in hand.

How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?
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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier...

At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity
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At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

The tech giants also pledged to step up their efforts to address a dire talent shortage that has hampered efforts to counter hacking.

One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory
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One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory

A new device simultaneously stores and visually transmits data with a single semiconductor.

Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design
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Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have developed an adaptive algorithm to help optimize the design of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines.

DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo
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DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the hackers it invited to try to hack the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems all failed.

Turning the Tables into Touchscreens
From ACM TechNews

Turning the Tables into Touchscreens

Scientists built a touchscreen-like interface that can operate on any flat surface via a projector synchronized with a single camera.
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