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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

The potential of augmented reality art.

What's Contributing to the Striking Gender Gap in the AI Field?
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What's Contributing to the Striking Gender Gap in the AI Field?

A new study quantified predictors of whether women will choose careers in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students
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Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students

Universities opposed a policy that would require students to take at least one in-person class or be denied permission to study in the U.S.

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home
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Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home

Scientists in the U.K. and China have demonstrated exploits of Internet-connected security camera uploads that allows hackers to learn whether homes are occupied...

System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations
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System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations

Carnegie Mellon University researchers combined iPhone videos shot "in the wild" by separate cameras to produce four-dimensional visualizations.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots
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Coordinating Complex Behaviors Between Hundreds of Robots

Duke University researchers have proposed a new approach for coordinating complex tasks between hundreds of robots while satisfying logic-based rules.

Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic
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Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic

Study finds 26% of consumers now view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably

Goodbye to the Wild Wild Web
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Goodbye to the Wild Wild Web

The Internet is changing, and the freewheeling, anything-goes culture of social media is being replaced by something more accountable.

São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance
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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. proposed a multimodal mixed reality visualization platform for the Microsoft HoloLens, designed to assist surgeons...

Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge
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Bar-Ilan Named Co-Winners of Parkinson's Disease Research Challenge

Neuroscientists from Israel's Bar-Ilan University were named winners of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Sage Bionetworks BEAT-PD DREAM...

Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'
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Windows 10 2004 Update Block Confusion: 'Your PC Settings Aren't Supported'

Hardware drivers still appear to be causing havoc for users trying to upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004.

 Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet
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Towards an Unhackable Quantum Internet

Harvard University researchers achieve “a milestone along the path to a worldwide quantum Internet.”

Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips
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Stanford-Led Team Shows How to Store Data Using 2D Materials Instead of Silicon Chips

Researchers led a project to store data by sliding two-dimensional metal layers over each another, which could increase data density with greater energy efficiency...

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'
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Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'

Companies and programmers are reexamining how technical terms are used amid Black Lives Matter protests. But some worry the changes are empty symbolism.
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