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Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One
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Artificial Neuron Swaps Dopamine with Rat Brain Cells Like a Real One

Could be incorporated into future human-machine interfaces.

Bartending Robot Can Make Small Talk
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Bartending Robot Can Make Small Talk

Drink-mixing machine uses machine learning algorithms to interact with customers.

Thousands of GitHub Repositories Hacked to Include Malware
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Thousands of GitHub Repositories Hacked to Include Malware

Software developer Stephen Lacy identified a malicious URL in the code of an open source project on GitHub that he found through a Google search.

World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit
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World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit

Prosthesis is the world's largest four-legged exoskeleton, described as 'a cross between an excavator, a dune buggy, and a dinosaur.'

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses
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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.

Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH
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Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH

Engineer and musician Victor Zappi introduced a virtual percussion instrument co-developed with Professor Sidney Fels at the University of British Columbia at ACM's...

Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack
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Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack

Google Project Zero security researcher Ivan Fratric launched a remote code execution attack by exploiting the technology underlying Zoom and other applications...

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun
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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.

Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations
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Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-scanner payment technology to more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California.

AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters
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AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters

A new artificial intelligence model could warn firefighters of imminent combustion or flashovers.

Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All
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Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Scientists said they could beat Google's Sycamore quantum computer in performing an esoteric calculation using ordinary processors paired with a supercomputer. ...

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge
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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.

Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works
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Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works

Self-supervised learning allows a neural network to figure out for itself what matters. The process might be what makes our own brains so successful.

Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers
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Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

An interdisciplinary team has developed a method for building quantum computers based on atomic building blocks that are custom-designed by chemists.

Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors
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Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors

New mathematical models can assess the use of biomarkers for detecting glioblastomas (GBMs) and their potential for improvement.

IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack
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IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

Researchers at FortiGuard Labs reported that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware identified in mid-June has been evolving rapidly.

Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion
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Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers found congestion control algorithms fail to prevent certain users from taking up all the bandwidth.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels
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Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels

Consumers could soon be checking the environmental impact of food items through an eco-labeling system based on work by researchers at the U.K.'s Oxford University...
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