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Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets
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Twitter Opens Up Data for Researchers to Study COVID-19 Tweets

Twitter  will provide researchers and software developers access to a real-time dataset of daily public tweets about COVID-19, to study the virus' spread and track...

Body Swap
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Body Swap

Augmented Reality systems allow you to learn by embodying an expert.

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15
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Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15

Researchers have developed an open-source design that allows labs around the world to three-dimensionally print their own precision microscopes.

Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis
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Data Visualization's Breakthrough Moment in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has spurred data visualization researchers and professionals to apply their expertise to combat the pandemic.

'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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient
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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI
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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR
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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.
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