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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions
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Meet the Cyberpunk Albatrosses Scanning for Secret Explosions

Acoustic waves can detect all kinds of explosions and volcanic activity, but it's hard to place sensors at sea—unless you've got a bird with a backpack.

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.

Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon
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Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon

Even Amazon's new AI-powered machines aren't nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.

Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer
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Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer

QuEra Computing, launched by physicists at Harvard and MIT, is trying a different quantum approach to tackle impossibly hard computational tasks.

UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The agreement aims to realize the advantages artificial intelligence brings to society, and to reduce the risks it entails.

Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight
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Chip Hides Wireless Messages in Plain Sight

Princeton University researchers have developed a millimeter-wave wireless microchip that can thwart interception of wireless transmissions.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs
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3D-Printed 'Living Ink' Full of Microbes Can Release Drugs

A “living ink” made entirely from bacterial cells can be used in a three-dimensional printer to create structures that discharge drugs or absorb toxins.

My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics
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My Day With Henry Evans–A Quadriplegic Who's Gaining Movement Through Robotics

Severely quadriplegic Henry Evans has beta-tested robots as part of a 20-year collaboration with healthcare roboticist Charlie Kemp.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to replace Dorsey atop social-media company effective immediately.

How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone
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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can find tiny spy cameras concealed in everyday objects, using smartphones' time-of-flight sensor.

Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.

Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality
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Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, plans to expand its virtual interactive venue, The Spaceship, as part of its New Frontier exhibition.

Kids, Teens Believe Girls Not Interested in CS: Study
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Kids, Teens Believe Girls Not Interested in CS: Study

Researchers found that the majority of children surveyed believe girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering.

 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

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.

Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education
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Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education

"There is an urgent need to increase the number of women entering STEM and IT fields," said Monash University Faculty of IT Interim Dean Professor Ann Nicholson...

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...
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