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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air
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Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air

A new system incorporates a robotic arm that generates sound waves to levitate and move objects to build complex structures in mid-air without touching the parts...

Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself
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Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself

Johns Hopkins University researchers led a team that developed a robotic system that allowed a partially paralyzed man to feed himself.

Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy
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AI Algorithm Predicts Future Crimes One Week in Advance With 90% Accuracy

A new computer model uses publicly available data to predict crime accurately in eight cities in the U.S..

The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse
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The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they're building will be a far cry from Meta's virtual world.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

New tools track and reduce emissions from machine learning.

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
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NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Four additional algorithms are under consideration for inclusion in the standard, and NIST plans to announce the finalists from that round at a future date.

Quantum Computing for Dummies
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Quantum Computing for Dummies

New guide helps beginners run quantum algorithms on IBM's quantum computers over the cloud.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

Toxicity in Open-Source Community Varies From Other Internet Forums
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Toxicity in Open-Source Community Varies From Other Internet Forums

A team of researchers conducted an analysis of toxicity on open-source community platforms.

New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously
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New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously

Researchers have developed a 64-element millimeter-wave-band phased-array transceiver that transmits and receives data while receiving power at the same time.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots
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3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots

With the technology improving and costs falling, 3D printing could be poised to play a major role in manufacturing.

The Scientist Who Developed a New Way to Understand Communication
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The Scientist Who Developed a New Way to Understand Communication

Mark Braverman has spent his career translating thorny problems into the language of information complexity.

Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There
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Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There

Captions are becoming more widely available to people with hearing loss who use videoconferencing platforms, streaming services, social media video, and smartphone...

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys
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Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys

Packages found in the official third-party software repository include loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils.

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients
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App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients

CLL-Pre-Diagnostic Lymphocytosis app helps doctors ID people at risk of infection following diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
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