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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer
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How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

A study found how "critical states" can be used to optimize artificial neural networks running on brain-inspired neuromorphic hardware.

Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise
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Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise

University of Michigan researchers have reduced the power requirements of neural interfaces by an estimated 90% while enhancing their accuracy in identifying intention...

Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches
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Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed suit against Google for allegedly misleading millions of Australian account holders about the use of...

Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots
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Steampunk Venus Rover Ideas Win NASA Contest to 'Explore Hell' With Clockwork Robots

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received 572 entries from 82 countries in a contest to generate ideas for replacing traditional spacecraft sensors in its future...

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios
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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

Researchers developed and tested an augmented reality headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.

A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?
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A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the buildout of 5G networks appears to have been minimal.

Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts
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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.

Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19
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Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19

University of Rochester researchers mined Twitter messages to gauge public attitudes and feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
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Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App

Researchers have outlined the ethical and legal challenges of developing and implementing digital tools for managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
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Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
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Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Partnering With AI
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Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data
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Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for inferring crime patterns, using anonymized data from location technology platforms.

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk
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Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk

Utah and Georgia are testing vehicle-to-everything technology installed in roads to alert drivers to hazards.

Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.
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