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Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies
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Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies

Researchers at the data research company Mathematica have created an interactive website to help school officials consider their options for coronavirus testing...

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...

AI Technology Set to Transform Heart Imaging
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AI Technology Set to Transform Heart Imaging

An international research team has developed an artificial intelligence technology to improve heart imaging.

Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering
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Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have designed a novel mutual attention inception network and a remote sensing visual question answering dataset. ...

Computational Study Identifies Human Proteins Structurally Similar to SARS-CoV-2 Proteins
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Computational Study Identifies Human Proteins Structurally Similar to SARS-CoV-2 Proteins

Russian researchers identified more than two dozen structural proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that were homologous to human proteins.

The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'
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The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'

Everyone from tech companies to churches wants a say in how the E.U. regulates artificial intelligence that could harm people.

Weather Control via Drone
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Weather Control via Drone

Unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to make it rain in the desert, a first step toward controlling the weather.

Popular Smart Home Security System Can Be Remotely Disarmed
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Popular Smart Home Security System Can Be Remotely Disarmed

Researchers at cybersecurity company Rapid7 found vulnerabilities that can be used to remotely disarm the Fortress S03 smart home security system.

Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web
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Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web

Old Dominion University's Michael Nelson and colleagues have found that supposedly permanent digital Web archives could be lost.

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown
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China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules to more strictly control the development and use of algorithmic models.

Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government
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Biden Administration Establishes Program to Recruit Tech Professionals to Serve in Government

The Biden administration has established the U.S. Digital Corps to enlist and train technology professionals to serve in digital positions within the federal government...

He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees
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He Built a Robot to Prove a Point About Refugees

Afghan refugee Saidullah Karimi built a robot from pieces of trash to symbolize what refugees can accomplish and contribute to their new societies.

South Korea Forces Google, Apple to Allow Third-Party In-App Payments
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South Korea Forces Google, Apple to Allow Third-Party In-App Payments

The measures were proposed last year and faced strong resistance from Apple and Google.

New Family of Ferroelectric Materials Raises Possibilities for Improved Information, Energy Storage
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New Family of Ferroelectric Materials Raises Possibilities for Improved Information, Energy Storage

The new materials are made with magnesium-substituted zinc oxide thin films.

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories
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Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Venture capitalists are investing in leasing robots from Silicon Valley startups to smaller U.S. factories amid a labor shortage.

Medicine From the Sky in Bengaluru: Trial Run for Drone Delivery Successful
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Medicine From the Sky in Bengaluru: Trial Run for Drone Delivery Successful

India's Ministry of Civil Aviation said a trial run of beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone delivery of medicines was completed successfully in Bengaluru. ...

Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School
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Student-Athletes Required to Wear COVID Trackers at Washington State High School

Some student-athletes and coaches at Eatonville High School in Eatonville, WA, are being required to wear proximity monitors to trace potential COVID-19 exposure...

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive
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The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive

ASML's next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography machines achieve previously unattainable levels of precision, which means chips can keep shrinking for...

Technology to the Rescue
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Technology to the Rescue

Updating emergency rescue equipment and tactics with digital technologies.

Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm
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Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm

Researchers have developed a faster, more accurate three-dimensional particle-tracking system for monitoring the motion of particles in flow.
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