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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats
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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats

A team of collaborated on the development of wireless attachable "backpack" computers that can be used to track tiny animals in hard-to-reach habitats. 

Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
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Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

Engineers have developed a way to three-dimensionally print neural probes and other electronic devices that are as soft and flexible as rubber.

FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed
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FCC Moves to Boost Wi-Fi Speed

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to permit Wi-Fi devices to access a greater portion of the radiofrequency spectrum.

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Research by University of Chicago Ph.D. Student, EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper
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Research by University of Chicago Ph.D. Student, EPiQC Wins IBM Q Best Paper

A new approach for using a quantum computer to realize a near-term "killer app" was awarded the $2,500 first prize in the 2019 IBM Q Best Paper Award competition...

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild
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CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to identify the few frames of interest among massive amounts of visual information.

'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition
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'Smart' Devices Help Reduce Adverse Outcomes of Common Heart Condition

Researchers have found that mobile health devices can help screen for and detect atrial fibrillation.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis
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With Medical Equipment in Short Supply, 3D Printing Steps Up in Coronavirus Crisis

A shortage of medical equipment is spurring healthcare providers to turn to three-dimensional (3D) printing as a temporary solution during the coronavirus pandemic...

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor
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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project
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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.

Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19
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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

Researchers have confirmed through computer modeling that social distancing measures can reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.

3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full
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3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

Researchers have developed a method for three-dimensionally printing food that makes diners feel more satiated while eating less.

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...

MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design
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MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption
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How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption

Researchers used artificial intelligence and machine learning to design a computer-vision system to keep traffic moving efficiently through intersections while...
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