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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability
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Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability

Researchers at enterprise device security company Eclypsium reported a buffer-flow flaw during booting that could potentially compromise billions of Linux and Windows...

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.

U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength
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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength

The U.S. Marine Corps will test use-cases for Guardian XO Alpha, a wearable robotic exoskeleton from the defense-focused subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics.

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

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...

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission
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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

Researchers are using computer models to determine how the coronavirus moves through a community, building, or small group of people.

Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts
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Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts

A national mentoring program in Israel aims to encourage girls currently enrolled in technologically oriented classes in school to pursue positions in the field...

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?

AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence program to recognize and characterize prostate cancer, achieving the highest accuracy rate to date.

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...

Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says
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Computing is the New Horsepower, Carmaker Audi Says

The automaker's Project Artemis aims to overtake Tesla as the industry leader in software.

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.

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity
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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.

Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended
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Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended

A multi-institutional team of researchers has published Armada, a coding language and tool for high-performance concurrent programs that ensure code is mathematically...

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars
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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.
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