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New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution
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New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

Some animals and plants are rapidly adapting to our warming, polluted world. How alarming that is depends on your perspective.

Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon
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Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon

Iris, a tiny wheeled robot built by students at Carnegie Mellon University, is expected to be the first uncrewed rover from the U.S. to explore the Moon.

Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes
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Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes

Researchers have developed a smart system that uses artificial intelligence to track food consumption by residents of long-term care communities.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.

VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults
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VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults

A virtual reality test can be used to assess an individual's functional cognition, and eventually may be used to test for age-related cognitive decline.

Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'
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Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'

Researchers incorporated a pair of infrared cameras into prototype goggles to help blind and visually impaired people navigate their environment intuitively.

Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows
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Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

India's Stellapps Technologies has come up with what CEO Ranjith Mukundan describes as "a device which is like a Fitbit for cattle."

European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack
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European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack

Major oil terminals at some of Western Europe's biggest ports have been hit by a cyberattack.

A Revolution in Haptics
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A Revolution in Haptics

New technology solutions allow users to 'touch' the virtual.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Physical Systems Perform ML Computations
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Physical Systems Perform ML Computations

Cornell University researchers have trained physical systems to execute generic machine learning computations.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
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What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!

At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action...

Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin
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Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin

Bitcoin is theoretically vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, but calculations show they would need to be a million times larger than those that exist today...

Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering
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Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering

Engineers have closed the gap between experimental and computer sciences to better predict peptide structures with a molecular framework.

Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Yale School of Public Health researchers used location information from mobile devices to accurately forecast COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut municipalities. ...
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