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Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow
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Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow

Computer scientists can now solve a decades-old problem in practically the time it takes to write it down.

The Future of the Datacenter
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The Future of the Datacenter

Existing and new technologies can help cut datacenters' carbon footprint.

How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows
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How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows

Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.

Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'
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Elevated Cyberthreats are the 'New Normal'

The Biden administration gets darker in its assessment of the nation's cyberthreat.

'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G
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'Beam-Steering' Technology Takes Mobile Communications Beyond 5G

A beam-steering antenna can boost the efficiency of data transmission across the millimeter wave spectrum.

Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering
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Radio Waves for the Detection of Hardware Tampering

Scientists in Germany have developed a technique that uses radio waves to monitor hardware for tampering.

Model Finds Best Sites for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Model Finds Best Sites for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a computational model that identifies the best sites for electric vehicle charging stations.

AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve
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AI Translates Math Problems into Code to Make Them Easier to Solve

Researchers used the Codex neural network of artificial intelligence research company OpenAI to translate mathematical problems from plain English into formal code...

How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?
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How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?

In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous. The reality is very different, scientists have found.

The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware
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The Hacker Gold Rush That's Poised to Eclipse Ransomware

As governments crack down on ransomware, cybercriminals may soon shift to business email compromise—already the world's most profitable type of scam.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
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Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage
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Companies Are Hacking Their Way Around the Chip Shortage

The supply chain issues have no end in sight, so manufacturers are being forced to improvise.

USF Researcher Harnesses Brain Power to Create Art
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USF Researcher Harnesses Brain Power to Create Art

The University of South Florida's Marvin Andujar has developed a prototype brain-computer interface that permits users to create abstract art with their thoughts...

Great Timing, Supercomputer Upgrade Leads to Successful Forecast of Volcanic Eruption
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Great Timing, Supercomputer Upgrade Leads to Successful Forecast of Volcanic Eruption

A multi-institutional team of scientists used a forecasting modeling program to predict the June 2018 Sierra Negra volcanic eruption on Ecuador's Galapagos Islands...

Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records
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Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records

Reno, NV, has launched a blockchain-based program for storing records in order to improve "clarity and transparency" in record-keeping.

California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace
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Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace

OpenSea, one of the highest-profile crypto start-ups, is facing a backlash over stolen and plagiarized nonfungible tokens.

Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct
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Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct

Google employees claim a senior researcher fired earlier this year sought to undermine two more junior AI researchers by suggesting their results were wrong or...

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain
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Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain

Researchers created an odor delivery device, then used machine learning to analyze electroencephalograms to determine how the brain processes scents.
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