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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives
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Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives

Washington University researchers converted grasshoppers into bomb-sniffing tools by implanting electrodes in the insects' antenna lobes to tap into the capabilities...

China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread
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China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The Chinese government is working with technology companies to monitor citizens and track confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus.

Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds
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Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in Seconds

A new high-precision technique can print small, soft objects in three dimensions in seconds.

AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times
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AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times

Researchers used artificial intelligence to generate accurate machine learning emulator algorithms for accelerating simulations billions of times, for all scientific...

From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses
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From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses

Spectrally encoded enhanced representations  is a new color spectrum identification method that provides greater clarity and works faster and at greater definition...

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells
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Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

A new computer system used deep learning to teach itself to accurately predict extreme weather events like heat waves and cold spells, based on a minimal amount...

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth
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Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth

A new three-dimensional simulation  combines the macroscopic scale of tissue with the microscopic scale of individual cells to realistically model the mechano-biology...

Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices
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Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Researchers have built a "biorobotic hybrid heart" from heart tissue and a robotic pumping system for testing prosthetic valves and other cardiac devices.

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit
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Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook has agreed to play $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.
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