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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms
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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms

New research warns 80% of the European Union's top pharmaceutical companies are "critically exposed" to cyberattack due to poor security postures.

Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans
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Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans

Scientists have developed a predictive computer model that expresses animal cardiac research as human-specific insights.

Can a Free Internet Survive?
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Can a Free Internet Survive?

Internet freedom is eroding on two fronts: the sheer number of efforts to block access to legitimate information, and the level of sophistication used.

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. ...

Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant
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Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant

Korean giant picks Taylor, just outside existing Austin base.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access
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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access

The new 'Searchable Museum' will bring a trove of artifacts, stories, and images to the Internet.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future
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Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future

Two robot waiters serve diners at the White Fox restaurant in Mosul, Iraq.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration
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Early Warning System Model Predicts Cancer Patients' Deterioration

A new machine learning predictive model for hospitalized cancer patients integrates heterogeneous data in electronic health records.

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet
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What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet

Real estate firm Zillow Group had looked to its digital home-flipping business Zillow Offers to lead its growth in the future, but that will not happen.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit
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2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit

ACM has named a team of Chinese researchers to receive the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for simulating a random quantum circuit in real time on a  supercomputer. ...

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.

AI Favors White Men Under 40
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AI Favors White Men Under 40

Publicly available language models systematically favor the language of young White men and discriminate in particular against young, non-White men.

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.
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