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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts
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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts

The results of recent research have broad implications for dementia treatment.

Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight
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Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight

Researchers have developed artificial muscles using a three-dimensional printer and tiny actuators that convert energy into movement.

Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached
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Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached

Industrial policy is back in Washington, as a vast semiconductor and science bill gives the government new sway over a strategic industry.

Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour
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Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour

Researchers ruled out an algorithm selected by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology as a potential post-quantum encryption program.

Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR
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Conjoined Twins Separated with the Help of VR

Virtual reality (VR) technology was instrumental in the surgery that successfully separated Brazilian twins who were joined at the head.

There Are Too Few Women in Computer Science and Engineering
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There Are Too Few Women in Computer Science and Engineering

It's not that they aren't interested; it's the culture of these fields and how they exclude women and girls.

Robot Tricks People Into Thinking It Has Mind of Its Own
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Robot Tricks People Into Thinking It Has Mind of Its Own

The human-like iCub robot, programmed to interact with humans, deceived people into believing it was self-aware.

Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime
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Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime

Researchers have identified information-sharing initiatives worldwide that aim to better detect fraud and money laundering.

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science
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A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

DeepMind has expanded its database of microscopic biological mechanisms, hoping to accelerate research into all living things.

The Afterlife Online
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The Afterlife Online

Preparing for the end of life should include consideration of online accounts that will continue when you're gone.

Juris Hartmanis, 1928-2022
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Juris Hartmanis, 1928-2022

Juris Hartmanis, co-recipient of the 1993 ACM A. M. Turing Award, passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?
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California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?

Some experts see agricultural robots as necessary for keeping California's strawberry industry afloat.

Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings
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Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings

University of Virginia researchers are experimenting with methods to incorporate plants into buildings to advance sustainability.

More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media
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More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media

Wildfire prediction model uses social media and geophysical satellite data for more accurate real-time forecasting and monitoring.

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms
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Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms

Opens the door to using commercially available health monitors to detect other infectious diseases.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Defending the Enterprise
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Defending the Enterprise

Using chaos testing to stabilize cybersecurity.

Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning
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Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning

Agricultural engineers created a prototype end-effector that can remove unwanted apples from trees as a first step toward robotic, green-fruit thinning.

HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound
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HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound

Researchers designed a novel therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that could prevent the virus from escaping treatment.
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