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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.

New App Tracks Black Rhinos Through Their Footprints
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New App Tracks Black Rhinos Through Their Footprints

The footprint-identification technique uses software to track black rhinoceros' movements via smartphone-recorded footprints, in order to protect the animals from...

Vaccinated? Show Us Your App
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Vaccinated? Show Us Your App

Recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine may eventually be given digital health credentials in order to travel, go to work or school, visit entertainment venues, and...

Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant
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Intel Not Inside: How Mobile Chips Overtook the Semiconductor Giant

The need for custom options and improved power management in all applications—not just mobile, but PC and cloud—helped Arm beat Intel and win over the world's tech...

Deere's Farm Version of Facial Recognition Coming to Fields in 2021
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Deere's Farm Version of Facial Recognition Coming to Fields in 2021

Agriculture giant Deere & Co. plans to roll out a system next summer that combines machine vision and machine learning to improve the identification of individual...

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
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Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera
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Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Bath have captured 360-degree virtual reality video footage using a commercially available camera on a rotating selfie stick...

'Electronic Amoeba' Finds Approximate Solution to Traveling Salesman Problem in Linear Time
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'Electronic Amoeba' Finds Approximate Solution to Traveling Salesman Problem in Linear Time

Researchers at Hokkaido University and Amoeba Energy in Japan developed an analog computer to find a reliable, speedy solution to the traveling salesman problem...

The Next Best Thing to Being There
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The Next Best Thing to Being There

Encouraged by the pandemic, augmented and mixed realities bring new views to end-users in medicine, industry, and the military.

Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit
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Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs, and Fortune 500 companies use software found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen...

DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign
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DHS is 3rd Federal Agency Hacked in Major Russian Cyberespionage Campaign

A spokesman said the Department of Homeland Security is aware of reports of a breach and is currently investigating the matter.

8 Leading Women In The Field Of AI
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8 Leading Women In The Field Of AI

There are many brilliant women at the forefront of artificial intelligence today.

Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect
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Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect

In one of the most sophisticated and perhaps largest hacks in more than five years, email systems were breached at the Treasury and Commerce Departments. Other...

Norman Abramson, Pioneer Behind Wireless Networks, Dies at 88
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Norman Abramson, Pioneer Behind Wireless Networks, Dies at 88

His ALOHAnet, designed a half-century ago in Hawaii, was a precursor to the technology used in today's smartphones and home WiFi networks.

This Robot Can Rap—Really
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This Robot Can Rap—Really

A Georgia Institute of Technology music technologist modified an improvisational musical robot called Shimon to create lyrics and perform rap in real time.

Bad News for Fake News: Rice Research Helps Combat Social Media Misinformation
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Bad News for Fake News: Rice Research Helps Combat Social Media Misinformation

Rice University researchers have invented a more efficient method for preventing the online spread of misinformation on social media.

'Accessible Christmas,' an Application That Allows Blind People to Enjoy Christmas Lights
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'Accessible Christmas,' an Application That Allows Blind People to Enjoy Christmas Lights

Visually impaired people can enjoy Christmas lights in Madrid through a mobile application from researchers at Spain's Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

The Smellicopter: An Obstacle-Avoiding Drone that Uses Live Moth Antenna to Seek Out Smells
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The Smellicopter: An Obstacle-Avoiding Drone that Uses Live Moth Antenna to Seek Out Smells

An autonomous flying drone called the Smellicopter uses a live antenna from a moth to navigate toward smells.

Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud
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Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

Amazon plans to help train 29 million people worldwide to work in the cloud by 2025.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.
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