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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches
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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches

Medicare has extended coverage of remote health care. While telehealth removed barriers to care for many during the pandemic, some say there is more to be done....

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition.

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules
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A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York's faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

How TikTok Reads Your Mind
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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.

U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups
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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

The head of Cyber Command said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.
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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'
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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details
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Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details

Banks have been clamoring for more information from their regulators in recent months about how they can safely participate in cryptocurrency markets.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.
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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

Joana Bruno at Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona digitally replicated the faces of 36 people buried at the ancient European settlement of La Almoloya. ...

Can a Machine Learn Morality?
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Can a Machine Learn Morality?

Morality is a thorny issue for machines, as scientists learned in testing Delphi, a system programmed to make moral judgments.

Visions of a U.S. Computer Chip Boom Have Cities Hustling
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Visions of a U.S. Computer Chip Boom Have Cities Hustling

Many local governments see a silver lining in the shortage of semiconductor chips that has contributed to a slowdown in the global economy.

Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories
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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Shielding users' interests in topics like race, health, religion, and politics.

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?
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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible...

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.
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