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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

Quantum Tech: Semiconductor ‘Flipped’ to Insulator Above Room Temp
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Quantum Tech: Semiconductor ‘Flipped’ to Insulator Above Room Temp

The discovery could pave the way to high-speed, low-energy quantum computing.

3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures
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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

Researchers designed a robotic "twin" of a human spine so surgeons can predict how interventions play out before surgery.

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities
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More Than Half of Medical Devices Have Critical Vulnerabilities

The 2022 State of Healthcare IoT Device Security Report estimates 53% of medical devices in hospitals connected to the Internet of Things have critical flaws.

ACM Names 71 Fellows for Computing Advances That Drive Innovation
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ACM Names 71 Fellows for Computing Advances That Drive Innovation

ACM has named 71 of its members 2021 ACM Fellows for advances underpinning innovations that influence a wide range of technologies that people use daily.

Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations
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Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

For years, intermediate measurements made it hard to quantify the complexity of quantum algorithms. New work establishes that those measurements aren't necessary...

Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets
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Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

There's been growth in cheap, easy-to-use malware available to hackers who want to steal cryptocurrency from users.

UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks
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UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

Researchers have found that electrical vehicle charging stations and their Internet-based management systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work
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The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work

An artificial intelligence platform developed by researchers at Duke University analyzes mammography scans to determine whether patients should undergo an invasive...

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.

Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age
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Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

An international study suggests the eye's retina could determine a person's true biological age.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021

The coronavirus pandemic was prominent among the top 10 most clicked-on articles presented by ACM TechNews during 2021.

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead...

New Silicon Carbide Qubits Bring Us One Step Closer to Quantum Networks
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New Silicon Carbide Qubits Bring Us One Step Closer to Quantum Networks

Chromium defects in silicon carbide may provide a new platform for quantum information.

UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions
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UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions

A new collision-avoidance system brings engineers a step closer to designing robots to repair satellites or spacecraft in orbit.

Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes
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Security Flaws Seen in China's Mandatory Olympics App for Athletes

Canadian cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab has detailed encryption flaws in the mandatory smartphone application China created for Winter Olympics athletes.

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data
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AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

An ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" was constructed from 8,439 photos that were digitized, color-corrected, and stitched together by...

Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm
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Moon's Hidden Depths Uncovered with Algorithm

An international team of scientists developed a deep learning algorithm to more deeply explore permanently shadowed regions of the Moon.

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity
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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about....
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