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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.

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.

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.

Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'
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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'

Adidas is merging three-dimensional printing and robotic automation to produce mass-market footwear through its Futurecraft.Strung project.

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.

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. ...

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...

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
From ACM TechNews

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

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

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain...

A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework
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A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework

An international team of scientists has enhanced quantum Monte Carlo computation speeds based on error reduction.

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
From ACM TechNews

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
From ACM TechNews

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth
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System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

A new system uses a person's smartphone or computer camera to read pulse and respiration from video of their face.

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars
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Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles leverages artificial intelligence to learn from real traffic situations.

Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing
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Robot Lizard Can Quickly Climb a Wall, Just Like the Real Thing

A robot built by researchers at Australia's University of the Sunshine Coast has legs and feet programmed to mimic the gait of climbing lizards.

Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand
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Robot Learns to Tie Knots Using Only Two Fingers on Each Hand

Tetsuya Ogata and colleagues at Japan's Waseda University have taught an artificial intelligence-powered robot to tie knots around a box using just two fingers...

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements
From ACM TechNews

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.
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