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People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage
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People with Damaged Knees, Hips Could Be Treated with 3D-Printed Artificial Cartilage

University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed artificial cartilage.

With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife
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With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife

Sensors and other equipment aboard the International Space Station will be used to monitor wildlife, revolutionizing animal tracking.

A U.S. Secret Weapon in A.I.: Chinese Talent
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A U.S. Secret Weapon in A.I.: Chinese Talent

New research shows scientists educated in China help American firms and schools dominate the cutting-edge field. Now industry leaders worry that worsening political...

Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown
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Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown

The planned test is part of a project to develop an artificial intelligence-driven drone that could change the face of air combat.

Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus
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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus

Some restaurants in the Netherlands preparing to reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are planning to use robot waiters.

Evidence Suggests The U.S. Loses Hundreds of Billions to Cybercrime
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Evidence Suggests The U.S. Loses Hundreds of Billions to Cybercrime

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology estimates 2016 losses due to cybercrime exceeded $160 billion.

Training Agents to Walk with Purpose
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Training Agents to Walk with Purpose

A new classification algorithm for relational data is more accurate and orders of magnitude more efficient than previous methods.

Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay
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Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay

The economic forces are too powerful for virtual instruction to go away after the pandemic. The important question is who will benefit financially, a Cornell economist...

Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells
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Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells

When an evolutionary algorithm generates a successful robot design, the next step is usually to manufacture a physical robot from metals or plastics. Now, researchers...

IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology
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IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology

IBM's CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement.

Penn State Researchers Evaluate 2020 Census Data Privacy Changes
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Penn State Researchers Evaluate 2020 Census Data Privacy Changes

The U.S. Census Bureau has proposed using differential privacy as a new method to protect the identities of individuals when publishing public data.

Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study
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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study

Traffic experts say nine in 10 crashes result from human error, and more than 36,000 people died in U.S. car crashes last year.

The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories
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The Epic Battle Against Coronavirus Misinformation and Conspiracy Theories

Scientists worldwide are scrambling to track and counter the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor
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Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor

The nascent seabed mining industry is using underwater drones to map the ocean floor in the hunt for precious minerals worth trillions.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters
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Encrypted Messaging App Signal Adds Facial Recognition Protection for Protesters

The Signal encrypted messaging app is introducing a blur tool to hide faces in photos before sharing them.

A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail
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A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail

Robo-bartenders are part of South Korea's cafe and bar scene as the country moves toward "distancing in daily life" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

The report says big social media companies need to use more of their own employees to make calls about which posts and photos should be removed.

MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI
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MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI

Microsoft announced that it's laying off dozens of journalists, editors, and other workers at MSN and its other news divisions.

2020 S. Barry Cooper Prize Awarded to Bruno Courcelle
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2020 S. Barry Cooper Prize Awarded to Bruno Courcelle

The 2020 Conference Computability in Europe, which will take place virtually June 29 to July 3. will  be the first to award the Barry Cooper Prize.
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