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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance
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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. proposed a multimodal mixed reality visualization platform for the Microsoft HoloLens, designed to assist surgeons...

Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge
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Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge

Neuroscientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University were named winners of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Sage Bionetworks BEAT-PD DREAM...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips
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Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips

Researchers led a project to store data by sliding two-dimensional metal layers over each another, which could increase data density with greater energy efficiency...

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'
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Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'

Companies and programmers are reexamining how technical terms are used amid Black Lives Matter protests. But some worry the changes are empty symbolism.

Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips
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Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

The Michigan House has passed the Microchip Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to be implanted with microchips. Although theView...

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year
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World's First 3D-Printed 'Steak' to Hit Israeli Restaurants This Year

Israeli company Redefine Meat has unveiled what it calls the world's first three-dimensionally-printed meatless steak.

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage
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How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Tsinghua University in Beijing are studying how the coronavirus pandemic has changed U.S. electricity consumption.

Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy
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Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

An international team of researchers have developed a plug-and-play lens that streamlines adaptive optics for microscopy.

Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear
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Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear

The number of COVID-19 models was growing so numerous that one laboratory created a COVID-19 forecasting hub featuring an ensemble output of numerous models.

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...
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