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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing
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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Dispatchers and first responders are using technology like live video streams, text messaging, and crowdsourced data to help 911 centers during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip
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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Researchers in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.  

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.

Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Researchers developed a new wearable sensor that monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.

Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit
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Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya discovered a previously unknown Distributed Denial of Service exploit.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose
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Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose

After analyzing more than 1 million samples of Android malware, researchershave found that malware coding is being hidden more cleverly.

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
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COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...
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