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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine
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Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Advanced Medical Technologies Lab have created a tank robot that can actively drive through a person's intestines.

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend
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Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.

Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?
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Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

High-technology implementations in Northern California are making fire spotters and firefighters more adaptive to changing conditions while improving their safety...

Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality
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Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

A three-year, multi-institutional study by 19 researchers at 12 institutions in five countries yielded artificial intelligence models that can automate evaluations...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet
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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval to Amazon to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones for unmanned package delivery.

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs
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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

The Enigma of Family Secrets
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The Enigma of Family Secrets

In 53 years of marriage, Goldman never reveals being a member of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchsman's team that built and perfected the machine called the Bombe that...

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation
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Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a computational model of the proteins responsible for the transformation of mercury to toxic methylmercury...

ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious
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ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning model that suggests SAR-CoV-2 has become more infectious due to genome mutations.

The Future of Work
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The Future of Work

What will office jobs look like after the pandemic?

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake
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Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

U.K. ocean-research nonprofit Promare will launch an autonomous boat next spring to retrace the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower.

QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women
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QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

An algorithm developed at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia can identify misogynistic content on Twitter with 75% accuracy.

Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually
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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers...
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