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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context
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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless...

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain...

A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework
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A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework

An international team of scientists has enhanced quantum Monte Carlo computation speeds based on error reduction.

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth
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System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

A new system uses a person's smartphone or computer camera to read pulse and respiration from video of their face.

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars
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Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles leverages artificial intelligence to learn from real traffic situations.

Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing
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Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

A robot built by researchers at Australia's University of the Sunshine Coast has legs and feet programmed to mimic the gait of climbing lizards.

Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand
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Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Tetsuya Ogata and colleagues at Japan's Waseda University have taught an artificial intelligence-powered robot to tie knots around a box using just two fingers...

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements
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'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.

Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread
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Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread

Binghamton University's Arti Ramesh and Anand Seetharam have designed an algorithm to predict the spread of Covid-19 by tracking cellphone data.

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving
From ACM TechNews

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

A support system to help the visually impaired navigate tactile paving includes an image processing algorithm to make paving detection independent of color thresholds...

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
From ACM TechNews

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
From ACM News

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought
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Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought

Researchers have developed a method of predicting a monkey's intended eye or hand movements using ultrasound imaging.

What a Gambling App Knows About You
From ACM News

What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
From Communications of the ACM

The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

The Best of NLP
From Communications of the ACM

The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.
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