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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
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The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

Facial Recognition May Reveal Maine Harbor Seal Lifestyles
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Facial Recognition May Reveal Maine Harbor Seal Lifestyles

Facial recognition software could provide scientists with insights into the behavior of harbor seals in Maine.

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus
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Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A three-dimensionally printed wearable device features an ultraviolet and visible light detector to correlate light exposure with symptom flare-ups in people with...

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

How Silicon Chips Rule the World
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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

Maintaining the flow of oil is still crucial for the world economy. But now the supply of semiconductors is also critical for commerce, and war and peace.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis
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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis

A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue
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English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue

An image-based benchmark could overcome cultural bias stemming from machine learning (ML) training datasets being written in English.

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations
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DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

Researchers trained an artificial intellgence to play soccer using an athletic curriculum resembling an accelerated model of a human baby maturing into a soccer...

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications
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Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications

A new computational model can forecast how doping semiconductor material zinc selenide with halogen elements chlorine and fluorine changes its optical properties...

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research
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Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Computer proof assistants are being used to create online libraries of mathematical theorems and proofs.

Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges
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Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges

The transformative power of digital twins could be the answer to adapting to environmental changes, helping to democratize global efforts to reach net zero.

Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing
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Why 'Erasure' Could Be Key to Practical Quantum Computing

Researchers have developed a method for error correction in a quantum computer's calculations.

YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election
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YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election

Researchers found YouTube algorithms were more likely to recommend election fraud-related videos to users who already doubted the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential...

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...
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