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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages
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3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages

A new low-cost sensor device can detect and quantify the herbicide glyphosate in liquids.

Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water
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Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

Researchers at China's Tianjin University have devised a methodology that automatically generates clear images through murky water.

Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously
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Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

A 35-foot-long tugboat carrying passengers will embark from Hamburg, Germany, on a 1,000-nautical-mile (1,150-mile) autonomous voyage around Denmark.

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Develops theory behind record-setting experiment for most accurate entangling gate ever demonstrated without lasers

Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening
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Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Many researchers are trying to train artificial intelligence to enable smartphones to analyze patterns in a person’s coughs.

DNA-Based Chip Can Be Programmed to Solve Complex Math Problems
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DNA-Based Chip Can Be Programmed to Solve Complex Math Problems

Scientists at South Korea's Incheon National University have automated mathematical DNA calculations via a personal computer-controlled chip.

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews
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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?
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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.

Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought
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Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

Global information and communications technology's greenhouse gas emissions may be worse than previously calculated, suggest researchers.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines
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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.

Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing
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Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing

The researchers' findings could lead to advances in the design of future quantum computing platforms.

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival
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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications
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Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

Engineers at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow have designed soft robots that can move like inchworms and earthworms.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.
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