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Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force
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Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force

LeviPrint system can assemble elongated objects into large structures without physical contact.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records
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Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records

Reno, NV, has launched a blockchain-based program for storing records in order to improve "clarity and transparency" in record-keeping.

The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia
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The U.S. Is Weaponizing Semiconductors to Try to Rein In Russia

The components may play a pivotal role in upcoming efforts to sanction the invading country, but it is unclear if those efforts will actually work.

Scientists Created a Cyborg Fish Powered by Beating Human Heart Cells
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Scientists Created a Cyborg Fish Powered by Beating Human Heart Cells

The fish's design features a flexible tail that's covered in a layer of heart muscle cells (cardiomyocytes derived from stem cells) on each side.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year
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Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

After years of research and development, at least two major smart gun makers claim they are on track to release a commercial product this year.

Desperate for Workers, MGM Resorts Lets Applicants Role Play With VR
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Desperate for Workers, MGM Resorts Lets Applicants Role Play With VR

MGM Resorts will adopt virtual reality headsets that allow job applicants to experience various customer-service roles before making a decision.

Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds
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Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds

Researchers at Cisco Talos have identified nine software vulnerabilities in commonly used metal detectors manufactured by Garrett.

What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?
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What Is Web3 and Why Should You Care?

The next Internet revolution is upon us—here's why it matters.

Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun
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Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun

Amazon Web Services has donated cloud computing time to help climate scientists create simulations of the Earth from 2035 to 2070.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws
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Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws

Security researchers at crypto exchange Kraken warn that many bitcoin ATMs contain serious vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.
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