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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates
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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates

The initiative, which will benefit Johns Hopkins and six other institutions, will be named in honor of Vivien Thomas, best known for his work treating "blue baby...

This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
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This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms

A new navigation system aims to improve the ability of robots to navigate busy clinical environments, especially hospital emergency departments.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip
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Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more....

Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement
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Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement

A unique scaffolding material for engineered tissues can be altered to grow natural tissue.

Digital Mental Health Interventions for Young People Are Perceived Promising, But Are They Effective?
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Digital Mental Health Interventions for Young People Are Perceived Promising, But Are They Effective?

A study of digital mental health interventions for adolescents and young people found mixed results when it comes to their effectiveness.

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn
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Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn

A new computational model shows similarities in the way insects and mammals learn.

Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming
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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?
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Where Should Our Digital Data Go After We Die?

A study by computer scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada considered ways for people to control their personal digital data after they...

'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles
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'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles

Computer scientists have designed a shoe with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles and emit vibrations to warn blind and visually impaired wearers.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.

IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing
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IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM has unveiled what it is calling the world's first 2-nanometer chipmaking technology.
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