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August 2021


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Medicine From the Sky in Bengaluru: Trial Run for Drone Delivery Successful

Medicine From the Sky in Bengaluru: Trial Run for Drone Delivery Successful

India's Ministry of Civil Aviation said a trial run of beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone delivery of medicines was completed successfully in Bengaluru.


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Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Venture capitalists are investing in leasing robots from Silicon Valley startups to smaller U.S. factories amid a labor shortage.


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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure.


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The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive

ASML's next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography machines achieve previously unattainable levels of precision, which means chips can keep shrinking for years to come.


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Technology to the Rescue

Technology to the Rescue

Updating emergency rescue equipment and tactics with digital technologies.


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The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

The World Is Still Short of Everything. Get Used to It.

Pandemic-related product shortages from computer chips to construction materials were supposed to be resolved by now. Instead, the world has gained a lesson in the ripple effects of disruption.


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Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Leads to Pivotal Discovery for the Development of New Quantum Devices

Ultrafast Electron Microscopy Leads to Pivotal Discovery for the Development of New Quantum Devices

Ultrafast electron microscope opens up new avenues for the development of sensors and quantum devices.


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Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM

Balakrishnan Receives 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award From SIGCOMM

The ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication has awarded its 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award to Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Hari Balakrishnan.


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Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A study by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi at the University of California, Irvine on the potential impact of a coronal mass ejection on the global Internet finds that continent-connecting undersea cables would be at particular risk from…


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Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?

Have You Really Deleted Your Personal Data From Your Device When You Dispose of It?

Many users leave sensitive personal information on their electronic devices when discarding them, according to scientists at Canada's universities of Guelph and Waterloo.


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Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies

Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies

IEEE Spectrum's 2021 interactive rankings of the top programming languages lists Python as the platform of choice for new technologies. The continued dominance of C, C++, Java, and JavaScript speaks to the massive corpus of code…


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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.


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Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm

Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm

Researchers have developed a faster, more accurate three-dimensional particle-tracking system for monitoring the motion of particles in flow.


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Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG

Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG

New software uses a digital camera to automatically detect a baby's face in a hospital bed and remotely monitor its health.


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Scientists Reveal World's First 3D-Printed Wagyu Beef

Scientists Reveal World's First 3D-Printed Wagyu Beef

Scientists at Japan's Osaka University have unveiled what they are calling the first-ever three-dimensionally-printed Wagyu beef, created using stem cells extracted from cattle.


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Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch

Wing Approaches 100,000 Drone Deliveries 2 Years After Launch

Two years after its pilot launched in Logan, Australia, Alphabet's drone delivery company Wing is nearing its 100,000th customer delivery.


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Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?

Who Can Bend Light for Cheaper Internet?

A new system can maintain network connections when optical fibers break by reconfiguring optical transmissions from damaged fibers to healthy ones.


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Surprisingly Popular Voting Algorithm to Recover Ranked Choices

Surprisingly Popular Voting Algorithm to Recover Ranked Choices

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can retrieve ranked choices by combining people's own opinions or votes with their predictions of others' responses.


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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.


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No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing

No More Silicon? Company Develops Glass CPU for Quantum Computing

It seems evaporated glass, chains of ions, and quantum stability go hand in hand.


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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier said.


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At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

At White House Summit, U.S. Tech Giants Promise To Spend Billions More To Bolster Cybersecurity

The tech giants also pledged to step up their efforts to address a dire talent shortage that has hampered efforts to counter hacking.


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One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory

One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory

A new device simultaneously stores and visually transmits data with a single semiconductor.


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Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design

Study Suggests Algorithm May Help Optimize Future COVID-19 Vaccine Design

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa have developed an adaptive algorithm to help optimize the design of next-generation COVID-19 vaccines.


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DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the hackers it invited to try to hack the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems all failed.


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Turning the Tables into Touchscreens

Turning the Tables into Touchscreens

Scientists built a touchscreen-like interface that can operate on any flat surface via a projector synchronized with a single camera.


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Life as a Logician

Life as a Logician

Mathematician Martin Jackson is known for his work on Hilbert's Tenth Problem, among other things.


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U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand

U.S. PC Shipments Jump 17% Buoyed by Commercial, Educational Demand

Notebooks turned in the best performance during the second quarter of 2021, while desktops saw a healthy rebound, says Canalys.


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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.


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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

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