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July 2020


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World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

Israeli company Redefine Meat has unveiled what it calls the world's first three-dimensionally-printed meatless steak.


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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.


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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.


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Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

The Michigan House has passed the Microchip Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to be implanted with microchips. Although the practice is rare, some companies in other states use small radio-frequency…


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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the coronavirus.


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How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Tsinghua University in Beijing are studying how the coronavirus pandemic has changed U.S. electricity consumption.


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Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

An international team of researchers have developed a plug-and-play lens that streamlines adaptive optics for microscopy.


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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles in Palo Alto, Calif.


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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.


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Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear

Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear

The number of COVID-19 models was growing so numerous that one laboratory created a COVID-19 forecasting hub featuring an ensemble output of numerous models.


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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.


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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.


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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.


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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Researchers have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness into extended reality environments.


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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless software upgrades.


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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities.


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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.


From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.


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The Quantum Threat

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.


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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.