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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years
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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.

An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts
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An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

An armed conflict model developed by researchers explains how such conflicts spread geographically, with violent interactions growing temporally and spatially in...

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?
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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed,...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain
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Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain

A novel technique developed by Columbia University researchers helped to map neural network dynamics in the C. elegans worm.

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures
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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers...

Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day
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Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day

Two types of autonomous robot foresters developed by Estonia's University of Tartu and robot manufacturer Milrem are planting trees from Milrem's driverless ground...

Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet
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Tiny Satellites Will Connect Cows, Cars, Shipping Containers to the Internet

Scientists are tapping tiny satellites developed by startups for research.

He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World.
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He Created the Web. Now He's Out to Remake the Digital World.

Tim Berners-Lee hopes to bring the Web back to his original vision of a decentralized marketplace through personal online data stores (pods), with users controlling...

Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test
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Airport Screening While Wearing Masks? Facial Recognition Tech Shows Up to 96% Accuracy in Recent Test

What was described as a controlled test of facial recognition technologies found potential for accurately identifying individuals on security lines at airports...

How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries
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How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research are using artificial intelligence and robots to design an organic redox-flow...

A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD
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A Pursuit of Better Testing to Sort Out the Complexities of ADHD

Computer simulation could help identify symptoms of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children, according to Ohio State University (OSU) researchers. ...

Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course
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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?

Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation
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Fermilab and Partners Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation

Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons with fidelity greater than 90%, paving the way...

A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature
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A Robotic Revolution for Urban Nature

An international team of more than 170 experts evaluated the opportunities and challenges facing the use of robotic technology for urban nature and green space....

How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19
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How Supercomputing, Advanced X-Rays Helped the Government Fight Covid-19

More than a decade of research advanced by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Photo Source played a role in the development of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020
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Shift Gears, Accelerate: CIOs Reordered IT Priorities in 2020

Chief information officers last year had to reprioritize corporate demands and establish new boundaries to prevent team burnout due to remote work and the ramp-up...

Digital IDs Make Their Mark
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Digital IDs Make Their Mark

Encrypted identification data on a smartcard or smartphone can deliver significant benefits while boosting security, but raise concerns about privacy and the potential...

10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead
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10 Most 'Disruptive' IT Jobs in the Year Ahead

Software company Burning Glass Technologies projected quantum computing and connected technologies will be among the 10 most "disruptive" information technology...

Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules
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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

New regulations from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will require most U.S. drones to broadcast a radio signal identifying them and their location.
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