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Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms
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Underwater Robot Designed to keep Tabs on Fish Farms

Researchers at Norway's SINTEF institute are designing an underwater robot to autonomously inspect fish farms.

Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality
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Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality

Retailers are increasingly reliant on augmented reality technology to help consumers try on products, hoping to virtually recreate the real-world shopping experience...

Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back
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Kazakhstan Spies on Citizens' HTTPS Traffic; Browser-Makers Fight Back

Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft are partnering to stop Kazakhstan'€™s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic between citizens and...

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

The University of Pittsburgh recently received an $8-million+ National Institutes of Health grant to develop brain-computer interfaces.

A Touch of Reality
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A Touch of Reality

The field of haptics—the use of technology to simulate touch, feeling, and motion—is finally hitting its stride.

City Researchers Reveal Link Between Coding of Cryptocurrencies and Their Market Behavior
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City Researchers Reveal Link Between Coding of Cryptocurrencies and Their Market Behavior

A connection between the coding of cryptocurrencies and their market behavior has been identified by researchers at the U.K.'s City University of London.

Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness
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Social Work Faculty Uses AI to Fight Substance Abuse in Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Researchers studied more than 1,600 youths and used algorithms and machine learning tto determine how and when to intervene with regard to substance use disorder...

Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

The company is facing multiple lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice and three dozen states.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
From Communications of the ACM

Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
From Communications of the ACM

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons
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Up to 3 Million Devices Infected by Malware-Laced Chrome and Edge Add-ons

Researchers warned Wednesday that up to 3 million devices have been infiltrated by malware-impregnated Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser extensions that...

In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet
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In a First, Air Force Uses Artificial Intelligence Aboard Military Jet

No weapons were involved, and the plane was steered by a pilot.

Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”
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Major Computing Breakthrough: Copenhagen Researchers Can Now Achieve “Quantum Advantage”

University of Copenhagen researchers have developed a chip that, with financial backing, could be scaled up and used to build the quantum simulator of the future...

Keeping It Local
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Keeping It Local

A breakthrough in energy-efficient artificial intelligence.

Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries
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Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries

A dinosaur's brain reconstructed through advanced imaging and three-dimensional modeling suggests the sauropod may have been bipedal and occasionally carnivorous...

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.

Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant
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Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant

The need for custom options and improved power management in all applications—not just mobile, but PC and cloud—helped Arm beat Intel and win over the world's tech...

Deere's Farm Version of Facial Recognition Coming to Fields in 2021
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Deere's Farm Version of Facial Recognition Coming to Fields in 2021

Agriculture giant Deere & Co. plans to roll out a system next summer that combines machine vision and machine learning to improve the identification of individual...

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
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Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera
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Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Bath have captured 360-degree virtual reality video footage using a commercially available camera on a rotating selfie stick...
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