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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location
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Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Rolf Mueller and colleagues have developed a new technique for identifying the point of origin of a sound....

One-Stop Machine Learning Platform Turns Healthcare Data Into Insights
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One-Stop Machine Learning Platform Turns Healthcare Data Into Insights

Software developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology uses machine learning to transform healthcare data into insights that can inform...

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?
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What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What's keeping it from happening, and why are some...

Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party
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Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party

With acceptance from traditional investors, a profitable start-up that eases transactions is offering proof of the industry's staying power.

Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water
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Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water

Vibrations from a smartphone's ringtone can be used to measure a liquid's viscosity, according to researchers at China's Shenzhen University.

Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?
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Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

Numerous apps and technology companies are emerging in the "femtech" industry to address women's biological needs.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...

Computer Model Fosters Potential Improvements to 'Bionic Eye' Technology
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Computer Model Fosters Potential Improvements to 'Bionic Eye' Technology

Researchers are using an advanced computer model to mimic the human retina, in order to improve prosthetic eye technology.

Democratizing Facial Authentication
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Democratizing Facial Authentication

Intel's RealSense ID solution performs facial identification on device, not in the cloud.

Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. ...

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer
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This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Medtronic's GI Genius, recently cleared by the FDA, will help doctors identify precancerous polyps.

Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context
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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless...

AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'
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AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'

A study has found that the "biological language" of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases can be predicted by machine learning.

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa
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How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa

Last month, researchers reported using a new technique to figure out how genes are expressed in individual cells and how those cells interact in people who had...

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain
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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant...
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