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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence
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Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say  self-supervised learning could lead to artificial intelligence programs more humanlike in their...

IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere
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IT is Essential. Furlough Elsewhere

IT is central to continuity and recovery and job cuts should be avoided, but there are plenty of other places savings can be made.

Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor
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Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor

In this episode of Radio Corona, Gideon Lichfield will discuss the future of our connected world with Vint Cerf, one of the people known as a "father of the internet...

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
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AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels
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Study of 17-Year Cicada Choruses Reveals Dependence on Light Levels

The Kansan brood  of 17-year cicadas are very sensitive to the local sound and light environment.

Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic
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Interactive Tool Helps People See Why Staying Home Matters During a Pandemic

Researchers have developed an interactive simulation to raise awareness of the importance of social distancing during a pandemic.

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices
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Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices

A survey found security practices such as not clicking on unknown links  or emails were more widely adopted than countermeasures like ad blockers or credit report...

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town
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Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown...

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight
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Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight

Singapore launched its first aerial drone delivery service on April 19, with a parcel of vitamins dropped onto a ship anchored off the island.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD
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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD

Americans invented liquid crystal displays but couldn't capitalize on them. On the technology's golden jubilee, it's time to reflect on the value of research and...

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org
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A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org

The deal for the Internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.

Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface
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Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface

California Institute of Technology's Wei Gao has developed a perspiration-powered electronic skin twith embedded sensors to monitor the wearer’s vital signs.

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area
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UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the biggest retirement communities in the U.S.

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
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Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

Mind-Controlled Prostheses That 'Feel' for Real
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Mind-Controlled Prostheses That 'Feel' for Real

Researchers have developed mind-controlled arm prostheses that several amputees already are using.
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