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How Does Google’s Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches.
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How Does Google’s Monopoly Hurt You? Try These Searches.

Right under our noses, the Internet's most-used website has been getting worse.

Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs
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Computer Model Simulation Explains Star Distributions in Galaxy Discs

Researchers used a new computer model to show the impact of gas clouds on the exponential fade in galaxy discs in an effort to explain star distributions.

‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

NASA Advancing 3D Printing Construction Systems for Bases on the Moon, Mars
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NASA Advancing 3D Printing Construction Systems for Bases on the Moon, Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is collaborating with construction technology firm ICON to develop a space-based construction system.

Researchers Use Flying Insects to Drop Sensors Safely
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Researchers Use Flying Insects to Drop Sensors Safely

Researchers have created a 98-milligram sensor that can be deployed by riding on a small drone or an insect and being dropped when it reaches its destination.

The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot
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The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot

On Tuesday, the 3,500-pound RS3 helped to put out a fire in downtown Los Angeles.

Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds
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Software Spots, Fixes Hang Bugs in Seconds

New software developed at North Carolina State University can identify and fix so-called hang bugs.

Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne
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Woolworths Launches Automated eStore in Melbourne

Woolworths in Australia is using technology to accelerate delivery of online orders and potentially improve order accuracy.

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies
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Augmented Reality Offers Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies

Forensic and digital healthcare experts envision the incorporation of virtual/augmented reality into forensic science.

Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results
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Researchers Use Eye Tracking to Discover How Mobile Apps Grab Our Attention--With Surprising Results

An international study has yielded insights into how mobile applications capture attention.

Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads
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Contact Tracing: England's Long-Awaited App Hits 10 Million Downloads

The U.K. National Health Service's Covid-19 contact tracing app hit 10 million downloads just four days after its release.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly
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Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly

New computer models demonstrate how massive clumps of interstellar gas scatter some stars from their orbits and create galaxy disks with bright centers that fade...

AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images
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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition
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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing
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NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  have developed a new technique for three-dimensional printing of gels and other soft materials...

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time
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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.
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