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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ramp up semiconductor production and development of advanced technology amid intensifying global competition, especially from...

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm
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Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm

Scientists conferred a sense of touch to a robotic arm that provides tactile feedback directly to a paralyzed man's brain.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker
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New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

The Bank of England has unveiled a new £50 banknote featuring pioneering mathematician, code-breaker, and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages
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Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

A global shortage of computer chips has hit automakers worldwide, a problem compounded by spiking demand for new cars.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
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Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...

Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom
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Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom

Abby Everett Jaques at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologym created a class called Ethics of Technology to help future engineers and computer scientists understand...

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.

How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?
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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm that can teach itself how to diagnose conditions.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

China Expands Research Funding, Luring ­.S. Scientists And Students
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China Expands Research Funding, Luring ­.S. Scientists And Students

In 2003, Jay Siegel was up for a new challenge. Siegel was a tenured professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, but he took a job at the...

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.
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