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Apparently, Size Does Matter
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Apparently, Size Does Matter

Consumers make better Internet buying decisions when using full-sized PCs.

'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One
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'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a quantum computing architecture that performs low-error computations while rapidly sharing quantum...

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?
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Is the U.S. about to Split the Internet?

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a "clean" Internet.

The U.S. Has AI Competition All Wrong
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The U.S. Has AI Competition All Wrong

Computing power, not data, is the secret to tech dominance.

Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create
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Evil AI: These are the 20 Most Dangerous Crimes that Artificial Intelligence will Create

A new report tells us which criminal applications of AI we should really worry about.

Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk
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Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk

The Check Point security firm found 400 code vulnerabilities on Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital signal processor chip, used in more than 40% of Android smartphones...

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures
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Singapore Police Trial 2 Pilotless Drones to Help Enforce Social Distancing Measures

Singapore law enforcement is testing two unmanned drones designed by developer Airobotics to help enforce social distancing measures, by tracking gatherings and...

Using AI to Smell the Roses
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Using AI to Smell the Roses

Researchers used machine learning to help a computer understand what a chemical smells like to humans.

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
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Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change
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IoT Technology to Help Trees Fight Climate Change

Vodafone has joined forces with the U.K. Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs and Forest Research to study the role of trees in addressing climate...

Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality
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Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Researchers have designed a deep learning method to help develop personalized cancer vaccines by better understanding the biological mechanisms of interaction between...

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance
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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional...

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'
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PCAST Delivers Roadmap to Spur 'Industries of the Future'

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has recommended detailed actions to spur "Industries of the Future," meet national STEM workforce...

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward
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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from...

How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI
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How BMW Used Pandemic Plant Stoppages to Boost AI

Automaker BMW used pandemic-related work stoppages as an opportunity to increase the use of artificial intelligence at its manufacturing facilities in Germany. ...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...
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