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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government
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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.

Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab
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Billions Spent in Metaverse 'Land' Grab

Research by DappRadar indicates that over the past year, people and companies have spent $1.93 billion in cryptocurrency to purchase virtual “real estate” in the...

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...

Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR
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Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR

Virtual reality (VR) technology was instrumental in the surgery that successfully separated Brazilian twins who were joined at the head.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer
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Ministry of Defence Acquires U.K. Government's First Quantum Computer

The U.K. Ministry of Defence has acquired that government's first quantum computer from London-based Orca Computing.

Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon
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Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon

Iris, a tiny wheeled robot built by students at Carnegie Mellon University, is expected to be the first uncrewed rover from the U.S. to explore the Moon.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot
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Chameleon-Like Camouflage Made for Soft Robot

Researchers at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed a soft robot with skin that can change color to match its background.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
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Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?
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How Will 'Chipageddon' Affect You?

Like much else wrong with the world, the coronavirus is partly to blame.

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service
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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver...

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
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The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.
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