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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision
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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision

The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that's the theory. Making it work has been much mess

Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict
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Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict

The online battles have blurred lines between state-backed hackers and patriotic amateurs, making it difficult for governments to understand who is attacking them...

'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds
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'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds

Researchers combined surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and a deep learning model to identify bacteria in seconds with up to 98% accuracy.

Cutting Through the Clutter
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Cutting Through the Clutter

Harvard Medical School scientists created the vibration of effects auditing tool to improve the reliability of studies that explore the relationships between things...

Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New
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Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New

The company is undertaking a far-reaching effort to change how it works. For some, it is an echo of their early idealism and a vision for what the Internet could...

Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving
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Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving

An artificial intelligence system for automotive radar sensors filters out interfering signals from other radar sensors to improve object detection.

Researchers Can Steal Data During Homomorphic Encryption
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Researchers Can Steal Data During Homomorphic Encryption

Researchers at North Carolina State University and Turkey's Dokuz Eylul University have cracked next-generation homomorphic encryption via side-channel attacks....

A Smart Self-Learning Assistance System for the Manufacturing Industry
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A Smart Self-Learning Assistance System for the Manufacturing Industry

The MADDOX self-learning assistance system can analyze machine and process data in order to boost manufacturing efficiency.

Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras
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Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras

The company's ATAP research team is using radar to help computers respond to your movements, like turning off a TV if it senses you've dozed off.

Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary
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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology
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NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology

The National Hockey League is launching a faceoff probability statistic, using Amazon Web Services to apply 10 years of data and in-game analytics.

Fingertip Sensitivity for Robots
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Fingertip Sensitivity for Robots

A thumb-shaped sensor with a camera inside uses computer vision and a deep neural network to infer haptic contact information.

VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture
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VR Farm Tour Expands Access to Urban Agriculture

Cornell University researchers have created a virtual reality tour of New York City's Red Hook Farms.

Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods
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Here Comes the Full Amazonification of Whole Foods

A newly revamped store in Washington shows how thoroughly Amazon has woven itself into the grocery shopping experience.

Pioneering Simulations Focus on HIV-1 Virus
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Pioneering Simulations Focus on HIV-1 Virus

Researchers used supercomputers to generate the first biologically authentic computer simulations of the HIV-1 virus liposome and genome capsid.

Stanford Scientists Combine AI, Atomic-Scale Images in Pursuit of Better Batteries
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Stanford Scientists Combine AI, Atomic-Scale Images in Pursuit of Better Batteries

A research team analyzed atomic-scale microscopic images using artificial intelligence to understand why rechargeable batteries wear out, paving the way for better...

Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants
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Russia Intensifies Censorship Campaign, Pressuring Tech Giants

Google, Apple and others were warned that they must comply with a new law, which would make them more vulnerable to the Kremlin's censorship demands.

Perovskite Artificial Retina Can Read Handwritten Numbers
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Perovskite Artificial Retina Can Read Handwritten Numbers

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have constructed an artificial retina from perovskite materials.

Using ML to Understand How Brain Cells Work
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Using ML to Understand How Brain Cells Work

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers used machine learning and artificial intelligence to better understand how interacting traits influence brain cells'...

The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing
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The Quiet Way Advertisers Are Tracking Your Browsing

Cookies are on the way out—but not enough is being done about browser fingerprinting. So what is it?
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