20 Aug 2021

Drug Enforcement Feds Want Augmented Reality to Monitor U.S./Mexico Border

As augmented reality becomes more and more popular, the Drug Enforcement Administration is looking into its usage and applications at the US/Mexico border. Augmented reality superimposes computer-generated information over views of the real world. The DEA’s Aviation Division is seeking an AR mapping system to equip in government aircraft. This

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19 Aug 2021

Vaccine Effectiveness Against Infection May Wane, C.D.C. Studies Find

Three studies were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that provided evidence that booster shots for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines would be needed in upcoming months. Some experts disagree and say the evidence does not back up the decision to recommend booster shots to all

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18 Aug 2021

VA’s Extended Reality Network Expanding Across Agency

The Veterans Affairs Department has announced that their Extended Reality Network is gaining support among veterans and health care practitioners following its launch last fall. According to a VA statement, there is currently 200 staff actively involved in the network. The network has reportedly been engaging with industry, academic, and

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17 Aug 2021

DOJ to Consider Expanding Use of AI Prisoner Monitoring Tech

The Department of Justice is investigating whether artificial intelligence monitoring could be used as a valuable tool to prevent suicide and crime within US prisons. A House of Representatives panel has requested that a study be conducted on the use of AI to analyze prisoners’ phone calls and pick up

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16 Aug 2021

Oak Ridge-Made Software Platform Digitally Twins All U.S. Buildings

Researchers at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are currently developing a modeling software suite that takes advantage of publicly available data to provide specifics and enable those interested to visualize energy details about 129 million buildings in America. The simulation tool has been named the Automatic Building Energy

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13 Aug 2021

Skyrmions Could Offer (Yet Another) Approach to Quantum Computing

A team of researchers from the US and Singapore recently reported that magnetic skyrmions show great potential in providing a new approach to quantum computing. The team includes experts from the California Institute of Technology and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The group found that skyrmions may serve as qubits

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11 Aug 2021

NIST Prioritizes External Input in Development of AI Risk Management Framework

According to new reports, National Institute of Standards and Technology officials are seeking the insights of a range of different technology industry players as they work on drafting Congressionally-directed guidance that would aim to promote the responsible and safe usage of artificial intelligence technologies. The framework is aimed at building

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10 Aug 2021

Artificial Intelligence may diagnose dementia in a day

Scientists are currently exploring whether an artificial intelligence system may be capable of diagnosing demetia after just one brain scan. The AI machine could also predict whether the condition of the patient will remain stable for years, need immediate treatment, or slowly deteriorate. It currently takes several scans and tests

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10 Aug 2021

FCC Releases First U.S. Mobile Broadband Map

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission released a new map that detailed where the four largest mobile carriers provide voice and data service. The map’s release was part of an effort to improve broadband and internet services across the United States. The map includes carriers Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and UScellular,

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09 Aug 2021

Pentagon Advances Experiments with Autonomous Barges to Replenish Aircraft

The Defense Department is allegedly gearing up to test a full-scale autonomous ocean replenishment system that utilizes technology-driven kits that are able to transform existing barges into self-moving platforms with the ability to land and refuel military aircraft. If successful, the barges will comprise a network of smart, technology-powered floating

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