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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols
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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think
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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin
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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor, and the millionaire...

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says
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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of
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A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

Many more people in cities lack broadband access than in rural areas, but lawmakers are primarily focused on extending high-speed access to remote areas.

Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.
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Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
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Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist

While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it's fun.

Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates
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Florida Will Fine Social Media Companies That Bar Candidates

Florida has become the first state to fine social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter for banning political candidates from the platforms for more...

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

Going to the Moon via the Cloud
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Going to the Moon via the Cloud

The wide availability of high-performance computing accessed through the cloud is fostering creativity worldwide.

The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.
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The Costly Pursuit of Self-Driving Cars Continues On. And On. And On.

The development of self-driving vehicles has become a goal that only the most well-heeled companies are currently pursuing.

The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.

Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns
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Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns

The decline in the stock markets was a faint echo of the crash in the market for cryptocurrencies in recent days.

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.
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