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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here
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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here

The Pentagon says a ban on AI weapons isn't necessary, But missiles, guns and drones that think for themselves already kill people in combat, and have been for...

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First
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Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but it will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers
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Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The U.S. Air Force, Red Balloon Security, and the Defense Digital Service teamed up on the NyanSat project to build an open source satellite communication tool...

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
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After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.

How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk
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How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Researchers at Google have developed a robotic dog and taught it to walk by showing it motion-capture videos of real dogs walking on treadmills. 

This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul
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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

A new electronic platform from General Motors is envisioned as the linchpin of the automaker's future, enabling the function of almost all its cars' digital systems...

Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs
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Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs

Intel and a coalition of security researchers have identified a new vulnerability in Intel's chips which could permit the theft of sensitive data from central processing...
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