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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life
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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

The new Deep Learning for Unsupervised Clustering of DNA Sequences technique draws taxonomic relationships between organisms via unsupervised machine learning. ...

Seeing is Deceiving
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Seeing is Deceiving

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo trained algorithms on self-blended images to better spot deepfake images and video.

Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals
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Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

U.S. and South Korean researchers have designed a bioelectronic pacifier to monitor the electrolyte levels of infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies
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Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.

The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Expanding the use of biometrics in device interfaces.

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks
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Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Insurance market resets after a ransomware boom and the threat of spillover from Ukraine.

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change
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A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

Experts say the cybersecurity executive order has improved the nation's security posture, but more work is to be done.

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
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Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Finding the Fairness in AI
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Finding the Fairness in AI

Algorithmic fairness is more or less obtainable, depending on how you measure it.

What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  

Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit
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Some Top 100,000 Websites Collect Everything You Type--Before You Hit Submit

Researchers analyzed the top 100,000 websites and found a significant number record some or all of visitors' typewritten data.

Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate
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Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate

University of California, San Diego engineers have created a wearable device that continuously tracks monitor glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels simultaneously...

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic
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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.

Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'
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Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk wants to investigate whether the number of bots on the platform is as low as the company claims—or is he looking for a way out?

Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up
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Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

The Digital Services Act will extract more new information from the young app than from older platforms like Facebook.

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...
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