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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance
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Multimodal Mixed Reality Visualization for Intraoperative Surgical Guidance

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. proposed a multimodal mixed reality visualization platform for the Microsoft HoloLens, designed to assist surgeons...

Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips
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Michigan Law Would Make It Illegal for Companies to Force Employees to Be Implanted With Microchips

The Michigan House has passed the Microchip Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring workers to be implanted with microchips. Although theView...

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'
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Singapore Issues Covid-19 Contact Tracing Wearables to 'Vulnerable Seniors'

Covid-19 contact tracing wearables are being issued to Singapore's "most vulnerable seniors," who are not digitally connected and at higher risk of catching the...

Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure
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Using Your Phone's Microphone to Track Possible Covid-19 Exposure

Researchers have proposed a Covid-19 tracking system that would rely on signals sent and received from cellphone microphones and speakers.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use
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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Researchers have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness into extended...

Body of Knowledge
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Body of Knowledge

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to enable students to learn from cadaver dissection.

RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface
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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers have developed an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit, or look up complex mathematical...

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.

Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy
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Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new tool can determine whether mobile applications for children comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches, and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it's...

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.
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Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.

Months after other countries, Britain will now use technology provided by Apple and Google to build a contact-tracing app.

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy
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Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy

The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat provides more personalized indoor climate control while eliminating the need for wall-mounted thermostats.

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game
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Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have digitized the movements of 14 dog breeds.

The Quantum Threat
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The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'
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Researchers Model the Health Benefits of Electric Cars, Find 'Large Improvement in Air Quality'

Researchers in Canada created computer simulations of the potential human health benefits of a large-scale transition to electric cars.
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