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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...

AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'
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AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'

A study has found that the "biological language" of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases can be predicted by machine learning.

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa
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How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa

Last month, researchers reported using a new technique to figure out how genes are expressed in individual cells and how those cells interact in people who had...

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor
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Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

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.

Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI
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Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI

Artificial intelligence increasingly is being used to forecast demand more accurately, in order to optimize supply chains.

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency
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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.

Surveillance Nation
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Surveillance Nation

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches, often without the knowledge of the public or their own departments...

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...

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.

Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic

Senior living facilities are looking to balance the benefits of technology by promoting social interactions as the pace of coronavirus vaccinations increases.

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)
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How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.

Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport
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Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan plans to issue digital vaccine passports to citizens who have been immunized against the coronavirus, in order to facilitate international travel.

Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030

A Norwegian energy research firm predicted robotics and automation could replace hundreds of thousands of oil and gas workers worldwide by 2030.

The Man Who Made Online College Work
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The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art
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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.

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...
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