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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers
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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Robots are taking their jobs.

Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores
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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.

Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions
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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments...

High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease
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High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease

Duke University scientists have engineered a holographic system that can image and analyze tens of thousands of cells per minute to identify disease indicators....

Discovery Opens the Way for Brain-Like Computers
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Discovery Opens the Way for Brain-Like Computers

Researchers successfully combined a memory function with a calculation function in the same component.

How TikTok Reads Your Mind
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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups
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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

The head of Cyber Command said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future
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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.

New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected
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New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

Information technology scientists detected 14 new types of Web browser-targeting cross-site leaks.

Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data
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Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Tech Research Institute claim they can improve DNA data storage 100-fold with a new processor they developed...

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization
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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.

F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm
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F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm

The proposed deal would give Nvidia control over computing technology and designs on which rival firms rely.

Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot
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Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Surveillance robot could help reduce disease spread and also aid contact tracing.

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock
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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics
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Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

On-chip frequency shifters can convert light in the gigahertz frequency range using continuous and single-tone microwaves.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.

Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health
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Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

"Social determinants of health have really come to the forefront in terms of who has been most greatly impacted."

Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers
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Stanford Engineers Propose Simpler Design for Quantum Computers

Engineers have proposed a simpler design for quantum computers by harnessing a laser to manipulate an atom and alter photonic states through quantum teleportation...

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.
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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.
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