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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
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Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

The Fickleness of Fame
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The Fickleness of Fame

Scientists tracked media mentions of people who died between 2009 and 2014 to gauge how long recently deceased public figures remain in collective memory.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science
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Combating COVID-19 Misinformation: Brief Infographic Exposure May Increase Trust in Science

Brief exposure to an infographic about the scientific process could strengthen people's trust in science and mitigate COVID-19 misinformation.

Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks
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Popular Student Monitoring Software Could Have Exposed Thousands to Hacks

The McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team found a bug in the Netop Vision Pro Education software used by about 3 million teachers and students worldwide...

Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases
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Algorithm Accurately Detects Disease-Causing Variants in Infants with Rare Diseases

The Fabric GEM algorithm was able to detect disease-causing variants in infants with rare diseases at six leading genomic centers and hospitals with high accuracy...

Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco
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Tech Salaries on the Rise, Just Not in NYC or San Francisco

Technology job marketplace Hired said the push for remote work has caused technology salaries in New York City and San Francisco to fall.

How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps
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How to Talk to the World Through Free Translation Apps

Open up Google Translate or Apple's Translate and your mobile device turns into your personal language interpreter.

Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping
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Technology Offers Anonymous Way to Report Abuse, Doping

RealResponse has forged a deal with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to use its technology platform to enable whistleblowers to report concerns about possible doping...

Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters
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Satellites Sweep for the World's Biggest Climate Polluters

Satellites are emerging as tools to monitor countries for anti-pollution compliance.

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.

AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life
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AI Brings Hidden Picasso Nude to Life

Artificial intelligence, advanced imaging, and three-dimensional printing revealed the portrait of a nude woman hidden beneath the surface of a Picasso painting...

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers
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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament
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Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World
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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection
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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules
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7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.
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