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August 2020


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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional images from afar.


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Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Researchers have designed a deep learning method to help develop personalized cancer vaccines by better understanding the biological mechanisms of interaction between cancer cells and the human immune system.


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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn.


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IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change

IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change

Vodafone has joined forces with the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and Forest Research to study the role of trees in addressing climate change.


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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum seekers.


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PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'

PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has recommended detailed actions to spur "Industries of the Future," meet national STEM workforce needs, and better leverage national labs..


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How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI

How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI

Automaker BMW used pandemic-related work stoppages as an opportunity to increase the use of artificial intelligence at its manufacturing facilities in Germany.


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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from an initial list of 69.

 


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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim place of worship.


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Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately

Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that can facilitate the sharing of patient data without compromising privacy.


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We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI

We Need to Talk About Linguistic Diversity in AI

More than 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide, but speech- and text-based services that use artificial intelligence are dominated by a handful.


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3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs

3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs

Marine scientists and architects created three-dimensionally-printed terra-cotta tiles to function as artificial coral reefs, in order to help restore devastated coral colonies.


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

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 with an electronic system that makes automated line calls.


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How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

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.


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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

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, the third iteration of the BeiDou system, could rival the U.S.…


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

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.


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Researchers Disclose Widespread Bootloader Vulnerability

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-based computing devices.


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Frances Allen, First Female Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award, Dies at 88

Frances Allen, First Female Recipient of ACM A.M. Turing Award, Dies at 88

Frances Allen spent her career advancing the field of computing and inspired generations of technologists.


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

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.


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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.


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Instant Videos: Just Add Text

Instant Videos: Just Add Text

Artificial intelligence software can create a video montage from a few typed words.


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EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

The European Union has announced sanctions against the Russian military intelligence service, and North Korean and Chinese companies, for alleged cyberattacks.


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

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 for the energy sector.


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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

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.


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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

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.


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

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?


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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

As lawmakers debate whether Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are monopolies, a reporter recalls her attempt to avoid interacting with the companies.


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Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

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 their personal data.


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Ultra-Low-Power Brain Implants Find Meaningful Signal in Gray Matter Noise

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.


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

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 during and after their military service.

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