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September 2020


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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries.


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Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble

Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble

Intel researchers have created a wheeled robot powered by a smartphone that costs just $50 to assemble.


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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

In partnership with NASA, Smithsonian Learning Labs, and others, the lessons use space exploration, museums, and popular movies to teach the principles of programming.


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Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory have developed a method of enhancing quantum systems to give soldiers more reliable and secure capabilities in the field.


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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural disasters.


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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.


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Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Advanced Medical Technologies Lab have created a tank robot that can actively drive through a person's intestines.


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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.


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Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.


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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval to Amazon to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones for unmanned package delivery.


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Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

High-technology implementations in Northern California are making fire spotters and firefighters more adaptive to changing conditions while improving their safety.


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Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

A three-year, multi-institutional study by 19 researchers at 12 institutions in five countries yielded artificial intelligence models that can automate evaluations of stored red blood cell quality.


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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.


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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.


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The Enigma of Family Secrets

The Enigma of Family Secrets

In 53 years of marriage, Goldman never reveals being a member of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchsman's team that built and perfected the machine called the Bombe that cracked the Nazi Enigma Code.


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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.


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ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious

ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning model that suggests SAR-CoV-2 has become more infectious due to genome mutations.


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Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation

Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a computational model of the proteins responsible for the transformation of mercury to toxic methylmercury by microorganisms.


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The Future of Work

The Future of Work

What will office jobs look like after the pandemic?


From Communications of the ACM

It's Alive!

It's Alive!

Scientists and engineers cross the reality gap, transferring simulated evolution into real machines.


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Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.


From Communications of the ACM

AI on Edge

AI on Edge

Shifting artificial intelligence to the "edge" of the network could transform computing . . . and everyday life.

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