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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations
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AI Behind Deepfakes May Power Materials Design Innovations

Researchers have trained a generative adversarial network to create refractory high-entropy alloys that can maintain their strength in ultra-high temperatures. ...

Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...

Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer
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Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer

Said Satoshi Matsuoka, director of RIKEN R-CCS, "Fugaku has once again proven most powerful in a wide range of areas."

IBM Achieves Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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IBM Achieves Quantum Computing Breakthrough

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna told "Axios on HBO," "It is impossible to simulate it on something else, which implies it's more powerful than anything else."

What's in the Water?
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What's in the Water?

Researchers have mapped the global pathways of nitrogen and pathogens from human wastewater.

Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp
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Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp

A novel robotic hand can change a grasped object's orientation without letting go.

True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter
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True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter

A study found both true and untrue viral news spread through Twitter at the same speed, breadth, and depth.

More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years
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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years

More than a third of 1,000 surveyed women in the technology sector intend to quit in the next two years, driven by the pandemic and gender inequality.

Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed
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Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed

Lawmakers want social networks to offer users a chronological timeline. Leaked documents help to explain why Facebook doesn't.

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls
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When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls

A nation's scientists took to social media in response to criticism of their research, with surprising results. Sami Syrjämäki describes what happened.

AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages
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AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages

A neural network model developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo enables computer-based analysis of text in 11 African languages.

Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly
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Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly

Digitally encoded information has been transmitted wirelessly using nuclear radiation.

Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease
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Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease

A new system can enable robotic hands to handle more than 2,000 different objects.

Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?
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Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?

A computational model shows how using vehicle-to-grid technology to store electricity in electric vehicles, selling it back to the utility as needed, can improve...

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology
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Andrew Chi-Chih Yao Receives 2021 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology

Yao contributed to cutting-edge research in areas including security, secure computing, and quantum computation.

Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms
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Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Algorithms

The bill would require Internet platforms to let people use a version of their services where content is not selected by "opaque algorithms" driven by personal...

The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You
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The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You

In-cabin sensors can help customize the passenger experience.
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