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Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR
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Nike Wants Your Sneakers to Fit Better, So It's Using AR

Starting in July, customers in any Nike retail store in the U.S. can have their feet scanned to learn exactly what shoe size they need, in any style Nike makes....

World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Coming to U.S. in 2021

In 2021, Oak Ridge National Laboratory will become home to a $600-million exascale machine that could become the world's fastest supercomputer.

U.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'
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U.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'

U.K. researchers used a drone-mapping system they developed to survey Chernobyl's "Red Forest," one of the most radioactive locations on Earth.

Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers
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Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers

Privacy and child-advocacy organizations have filed a complaint alleging Amazon has been illegally recording and retaining conversations of children using its Echo...

OSU Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk
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OSU Researchers Develop Better Way to Determine Coastal Flooding Risk

A new computer-model assembly technique could lead to better insights into coastal flood risks.

Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks
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Dell Laptops and Computers Vulnerable to Remote Hijacks

Dell laptops and personal computers can be remotely commandeered via a vulnerability in the Dell SupportAssist utility.

The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software
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The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit has reached a deal with Swiss company Auterion to enhance the agency's open source drone software.

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells
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New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells

A new technique can derive fully comprehensive samples, or "sketches," of vast cellular datasets, to simplify analysis.

Hacking the Body Electric
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Hacking the Body Electric

Electroceuticals use electricity, rather than chemicals, to treat the body's ills.

Google Will Give Users More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online
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Google Will Give Users More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.

Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming Unusual Hotbeds of Innovation
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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming Unusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections
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Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft is working with Galois to develop open source software to secure elections.

Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs
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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs

Researchers have created and implemented the first digital procedural checklist for trauma centers.

Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?
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Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

Researchers used robotic technology and young ostriches wearing artificial wings to gain insight into how a dinosaur's running gait may have caused its wings to...

Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity
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Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Researchers now can determine when a standard smartwatch wearer is typing on a keyboard, washing dishes, petting a dog, pouring from a pitcher, or cutting with...

What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms
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What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms

Researchers have developed a deep learning approach that identifies and maps the components and features in turbulent regions of Saturn's atmosphere.

Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.
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Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new tool designed to process data too large to fit on a computer's main memory at one time.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle
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A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A self-taught Belgian programmer has solved a puzzle required to open a 1999 time capsule at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters
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Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters

Laser cutting tools could outperform three-dimensional printers at prototyping stretchables, wearables.

The Microbots Are on Their Way
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The Microbots Are on Their Way

A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania has developed tiny robots, thousands of which can fit side by side on a single silicon wafer.
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