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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help
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Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Researchers have simulated the way each leg of a spider functions as a semi-independent "computer," with sensors that trigger movements based on environmental readings...

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision
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Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200...

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Just Think: The Outlook for BCI
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Just Think: The Outlook for BCI

Where Brain-Computer Interfaces are headed.

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.
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