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Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data
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Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Tech Research Institute claim they can improve DNA data storage 100-fold with a new processor they developed...

AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells
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AI Technique Reveals We Might Not Know Half of What's in Our Cells

A team of researchers combined microscopy, biochemistry, and artificial intelligence to identify previously unknown components of human cells.

One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb
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One of the World's Most Precise Microchip Sensors Created Thanks to a Spiderweb

Spiderwebs inspired researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology to design one of the world's most precise microchip sensors.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
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The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
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What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change
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First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change

A new database shows the movement of the river centerlines of the 48 most threatened deltas in the world over the past 40 years.

Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says
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Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says

Researchers at Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Russia's Ural Federal University found search engines often return inaccurate health information...

Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation
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Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation

Said Berners-Lee, "The tracks are laid, the trains are ready to run, trusted data is ready to flow."

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
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Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

Filtering for Beauty
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Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.

Data Mining the Past
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Data Mining the Past

Researchers have developed an algorithm to convert old newspapers into searchable data by identifying and ranking people's names in order of their importance.

Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action
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Professional Footballers Threaten Data Firms with GDPR Legal Action

Hundreds of professional footballers (soccer players) have threatened litigation against the data collection industry.

Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud
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Lack of Engineers Keeping Some Firms Out of the Cloud

Major cloud computing companies are competing to hire engineers, squeezing out others as the pandemic has driven up demand for an already scarce workforce.

'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch
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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

A spokesman for Check Point said it was the company's "strong suspicion" that Twitch's code had truly been leaked, which was "potentially disastrous."
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