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November 2020


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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally-printed solar-powered bionic hand, to help amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa.


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Flexible, More Reliable Sensor Developed

Flexible, More Reliable Sensor Developed

A new sensor material has high sensitivity but low hysteresis, paving the way for more accurate wearable health technology and robotic sensing.


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Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers

Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers

Online retailers have taken steps during the pandemic to improve their search and recommendation engines by building predictive models with high levels of accuracy.


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Spoofing the Spoofers

Spoofing the Spoofers

Security deception software gets an upgrade.


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AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

A new artificial intelligence model between asymptomatic people infected with Covid-19 and healthy individuals via forced-cough recordings.


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NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web

NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web

The U.K.'s National Health Service is among more than a dozen partners that have signed up for a pilot program of Tim Berners-Lee's new company to promote a new Web data architecture.


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AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists

AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists

University of Southern California computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence tool to automatically detect bias in news.


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Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

Silicon Valley companies are scooping up Hollywood digital visual-effects artists and technology to enhance their augmented and virtual reality products with lifelike experiences.


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Japanese Scientists Create Mind Control Tech for Robot

Japanese Scientists Create Mind Control Tech for Robot

Japanese scientists have engineered a prototype device that allows anyone to control a miniature toy Gundam robot with thought.


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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying.


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Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.

Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.

The Silicon Valley pioneer long held it had to build its flagship chips in its own factories; then it hit the wall and is considering outsourcing—a milestone in the story of America's losing its manufacturing primacy,


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How AI Can Help Save Forests

How AI Can Help Save Forests

Scientists are developing artificial intelligence-driven methods to aid forest conservation by enabling a new level of real-time awareness.


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Python's Popularity: Ahead of Java for 1st Time, Still Trailing C

Python's Popularity: Ahead of Java for 1st Time, Still Trailing C

Python has overtaken Java to become the second-most-popular programming language on the Tiobe index for the first time.


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A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads

A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads

Engineers in Switzerland have developed a computer chip that combines logic operations and data storage in a single architecture.


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Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

An international team of researchers modified long-range drones that collect data from active volcanoes, in order to better forecast eruptions.


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Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?

Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?

Researchers used biomimetic fish-like robots to demonstrate that fish save energy by swimming in schools without having to keep fixed distances from each other.


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Help Wanted: Quantum

Help Wanted: Quantum

How the U.S. can build a quantum workforce.


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Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Heavy investment in robots helped many Japanese businesses manage an increase in online orders during the pandemic.


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Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics

Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics

Researchers developed the Multimodal Transistor to produce efficient analog computation for robotic control, artificial intelligence, and unsupervised machine learning.


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Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science

Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science

Researchers have come up with a method to increase the efficiency of setting up sensor networks by using a drone as a launching platform for laser-aimed, sensor-equipped darts.


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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.


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Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

A team of researchers is imbuing animatronic robots with lifelike eye gaze.


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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.


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White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

The White Castle restaurant chain said it is expanding the use of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail system to more U.S. locations.


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Tricking Fake News Detectors With Malicious User Comments

Tricking Fake News Detectors With Malicious User Comments

Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University have demonstrated how fake news detectors can be manipulated through user comments.


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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.


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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.


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Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

The U.S. and EU are considering regulations on artificial intelligence, but none have been implemented...yet.


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NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.

NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.

The SLS software concerns are the latest red flags for a program that has struggled to overcome cost overruns and setbacks.


From Communications of the ACM

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

The desire for faster, higher-frequency wireless networking is a constant. Terahertz technology could deliver large gains.