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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates
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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates

The initiative, which will benefit Johns Hopkins and six other institutions, will be named in honor of Vivien Thomas, best known for his work treating "blue baby...

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.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing
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'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry...

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany
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Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Companies are developing digital tools for the design of personalized jewelry, which can be fabricated via sophisticated three-dimensional metal printing.

As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away
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As Auctioneers and Artists Rush Into NFTs, Many Collectors Stay Away

Auction sales show a schism in the market: speculative buyers flock to crypto art while blue-chip collectors hold back, fearing legal gray areas and copyright issues...

How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run
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How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

Building owners are using data collection and artificial intelligence to help control systems like heating, lighting, air quality, and even the flow of workers....

Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.
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Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

If you are trying to grasp Bitcoin and understand what China's digital yuan means, America's Federal Reserve is right there with you.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived
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A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
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Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?
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What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What's keeping it from happening, and why are some...

Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party
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Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party

With acceptance from traditional investors, a profitable start-up that eases transactions is offering proof of the industry's staying power.

Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?
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Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

Numerous apps and technology companies are emerging in the "femtech" industry to address women's biological needs.

Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech
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Microsoft to Buy Nuance for $16 Billion to Focus on Health Care Tech

By acquiring a provider of artificial intelligence software, the tech giant is hoping to bolster its offerings for the fast-growing field of medical computing. ...

'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing
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'Master,' 'Slave,' and the Fight Over Offensive Terms in Computing

Nearly a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force took up a plan to replace words that could be considered racist, the debate is still raging.

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.
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