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Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab
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Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab

The firm is trying to bridge academia and the crypto industry, an unusual investment in venture capital.

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?
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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says
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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent
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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds...

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?
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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency
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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022
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These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

Unlike sectors such as hospitality, the cloud computing industry continued to grow in 2020 and onwards. But it's not stopping there.

Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures
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Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures

An international team of researchers has developed a three-dimensional printing process for glass microstructures.

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have helped to de-noise synchrotron x-ray experiments computationally.

Rethinking Rare Earth Elements
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Rethinking Rare Earth Elements

Researchers are looking to untapped sources—from fertilizer waste to printed circuit boards—to solve the environmental and supply chain problems of rare earth elements...

Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications
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Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications

The research could lead to hack-proof networks.

'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside
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'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside

A team of researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a prototype Tamper-Evident Container designed to record attempts to break into it.

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
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Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers
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A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers

A glitch that affects up to 9,000 retirees is one of the longest-lasting effects of the devastating ransomware attack that cost the district roughly $10 million...

Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small
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Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small

Scientists have developed microfludic-enabled three-dimensional (3D) printing of organs.

AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes
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AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes

Researchers built a deep learning model to predict the biologically active structure of proteins and protein complexes.

Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles
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Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles

Researchers have simulated the electrostatic self-configuration of zwitterionic Janus nanoparticles.
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