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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices
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Why We Adopt Then Abandon Online Safety Practices

A survey found security practices such as not clicking on unknown links  or emails were more widely adopted than countermeasures like ad blockers or credit report...

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town
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Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown...

Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches
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Cybersecurity Staff Are Being Transferred to IT Support, Adding to the Risk of Data Breaches

Nearly half of 256 cybersecurity professionals polled reported having been reassigned to general IT tasks, due to the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight
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Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight

Singapore launched its first aerial drone delivery service on April 19, with a parcel of vitamins dropped onto a ship anchored off the island.

It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD
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It’s the 50th Anniversary of Humanity’s Favorite Activity: Staring at an LCD

Americans invented liquid crystal displays but couldn't capitalize on them. On the technology's golden jubilee, it's time to reflect on the value of research and...

A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org
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A Private Equity Firm Is Blocked From Buying .Org

The deal for the Internet domain for nonprofit organizations had set off fierce opposition.

Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface
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Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface

California Institute of Technology's Wei Gao has developed a perspiration-powered electronic skin twith embedded sensors to monitor the wearer’s vital signs.

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area
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UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to residents of The Villages in Florida, one of the biggest retirement communities in the U.S.

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
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Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

Mind-Controlled Prostheses That 'Feel' for Real
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Mind-Controlled Prostheses That 'Feel' for Real

Researchers have developed mind-controlled arm prostheses that several amputees already are using.

AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems
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AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based technique to help educators rapidly develop intelligent computerized tutoring...

Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says
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Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says

Personal data from millions of customers ended up with Google, Facebook, and other trackers, making it easier for them to be tracked online and targeted with ads...

How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment
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How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

Specialists at the London start-up BenevolentAI helped identify the arthritis drug baricitinib, which is now part of a clinical trial.

New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient
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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI
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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate
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Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

Researchers have proposed a new technique for permanently altering survey datasets to shield consumers’ privacy, while retaining a reasonable degree of accuracy...
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