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Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email
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Avoiding Coronavirus Infections to the Email

Cybercriminals go phishing with COVID lures.

Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers
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Researchers Developed Backpack System to Guide Vision-Impaired Wearers

An artificial intelligence (AI)-powered backpack developed by University of Georgia (UGA) researchers can help vision-impaired wearers navigate their environment...

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand
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Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Tetsuya Ogata and colleagues at Japan's Waseda University have taught an artificial intelligence-powered robot to tie knots around a box using just two fingers...

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements
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'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.

Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread
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Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread

Binghamton University's Arti Ramesh and Anand Seetharam have designed an algorithm to predict the spread of Covid-19 by tracking cellphone data.

Unlocking the Covid Code
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Unlocking the Covid Code

Scientists can now sequence an entire genome overnight. This technology has been the key tool in identifying and tracking Covid variants.

Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.
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Is Coffee Good for Us? Maybe Machine Learning Can Help Figure It Out.

The advice from research on coffee, and nutrition more generally, always seems to be changing. Processing vast amounts of data could help us pin it down.

Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber
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Fewer Troops, but More Tech: U.K. Military Downsizes as it Shifts to AI, Drones, Cyber

New defense plans for the next decade come with a strong focus on new technologies, pitching leaner but more effective armed forces.

Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says
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Tesla Interior Cameras Threaten Driver Privacy, Consumer Reports Says

Consumer Reports (CR) says in-cabin cameras that electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla incorporates into driver-assist systems can threaten driver privacy.

Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers
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Optical Fiber Could Boost Power of Superconducting Quantum Computers

Physicists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology measured and controlled a superconducting quantum bit (qubit) with optical fiber.

Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving
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Stay on Track! Support System to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate Tactile Paving

A support system to help the visually impaired navigate tactile paving includes an image processing algorithm to make paving detection independent of color thresholds...

New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker
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New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

The Bank of England has unveiled a new £50 banknote featuring pioneering mathematician, code-breaker, and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer
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Want a Vaccination Appointment? It Helps to Know a Python Programmer

A boutique online community of computer programmers has emerged to help family and friends gain a competitive advantage in securing vaccination appointments.

BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data
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BSA Leads Letter Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize Open Data

A group of technology trade associations are calling on the Biden Administration to prioritize open data policies, and to appoint a federal Chief Data Officer. ...

A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens
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A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket as the World Reopens

Companies and countries that depend on travel or large gatherings are counting on a totally unproven concept.

Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First
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Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but it will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line
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Underwater Swimming Robot Responds with Feedback From Soft Lateral Line

Scientists have engineered a predictive model and closed-loop controller for a soft swimming robot.

Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI
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Fears of 'Digital Dictatorship' as Myanmar Deploys AI

Human rights groups are worried about a potential "digital dictatorship" in Myanmar due to the use of artificial intelligence to monitor citizens' movements.

Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study
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Safety Concerns Determine Level of Public Support for Driverless Vehicles, Finds NTU Singapore Study

Researchers in Singapore found that support for autonomous vehicle adoption generally is based on perceptions of safety issues.
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