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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'
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Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'

Researchers in Canada created computer simulations of the potential human health benefits of a large-scale transition to electric cars.

Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That
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Exit From the Covid-19 Lockdown: There's an App for That

The Dutch government wants every citizen to download an app for tracking and tracing potential Covid-19 infections, but the app does not yet exist.  

Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers
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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software
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Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

The company said it hoped the moratorium "might give Congress enough time to put in place appropriate rules" for the technology.

People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage
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People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage

University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed artificial cartilage.

IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology
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IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology

IBM's CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement.

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures
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Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

A new tool allows anyone to render mathematical abstractions as illustrations.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid
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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.

Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions
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Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

The fashion industry is seeking technological solutions to the growing problem of unwanted textiles through tailored apparel.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing
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Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing

A new algorithm makes it easier for humans to recognize and analyze patterns that appear in both natural and manufactured systems.

Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates
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Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

A new study incorporates a mathematical model that predicts protein sites on viruses that might be particularly susceptible to disabling treatments.

AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions
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AI Gauges Head Injuries by Classifying Brain Lesions

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can detect and classify different types of brain lesions, to gauge the impact of a head injury...

App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App
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App State Creates Pollinator-Tracking App

A new smartphone application tracks bees and other pollinators, as part of a project to monitor the world's pollinator population.
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