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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform
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AWS and NZ's Vector Launch IoT-Connected Energy Platform

Amazon Web Services and Vector, the New Zealand electricity and gas distribution company, have partnered to develop an Internet of Things and analytics solution...

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

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...

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.

Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins
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Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have created a process that uses big data to design new proteins.

Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic
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Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

A small number of devout Muslims are being allowed to participate in the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca this year, tailored for the coronavirus pandemic with the latest...

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.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the...

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...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully...

Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells
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Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells

Researchers have three-dimensionally (3D) printed a functioning human heart pump in a laboratory.

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...

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
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Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks
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Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks

A team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists  has designed a wearable insect detection system that spots livestock mite infestations in poultry....

3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic
From ACM News

3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic

Three-dimensional printing is transforming medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.
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