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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19
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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

Researchers have confirmed through computer modeling that social distancing measures can reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet
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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.

3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full
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3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

Researchers have developed a method for three-dimensionally printing food that makes diners feel more satiated while eating less.

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...

MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design
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MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future
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A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.

State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response
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State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response

With digital services swamped by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. state and local governments are asking technologists to volunteer to assist with response strategies...

Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning
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Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning

Students using immersive virtual reality did not learn significantly better than those who used computer-simulated or hands-on learning methods, according to a...

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe
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3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe

A new three-dimensional view of methane concentrations worldwide combines datasets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetland sources into a high-resolution...

How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption
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How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption

Researchers used artificial intelligence and machine learning to design a computer-vision system to keep traffic moving efficiently through intersections while...

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning
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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks
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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it...

Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties
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Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties

Scientists utilized machine learning to improve the accuracy of material testing.

 If It Quacks Like a Duck...
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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

The looming threat of artificial intelligence-based deepfake voice conversion.

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing
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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations...
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