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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert
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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Researchers last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance
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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph...

These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company
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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business...

Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions
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Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Eyeing the latest solutions in quantum computing.

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science
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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing...

Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?
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Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Zerologon lets anyone with a network toehold obtain the domain-controller password.

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
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Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores
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Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores

The RISC-V open standard instruction-set architecture can improve cybersecurity.

European Commission Invests €8 Billion  in Supercomputing
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European Commission Invests €8 Billion in Supercomputing

The European Commission is boosting its commitment under the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking with a planned €8-billion ($9.4-billion) infusion into developing European...

Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression
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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression

A study from Dartmouth College found information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions...

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers
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Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers

A computational model developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory could make Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy a more powerful research tool...

Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?
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Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?

Research has found privacy issues innate to current blockchain platforms, suggesting the technology requires further refinement for consideration of privacy rights...

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers
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Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers

Researchers found that low-level ionizing radiation in the environment can degrade the performance of superconducting quantum bits, or qubits.

The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer
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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer

U.K. science minister Amanda Solloway says Britain's first commercial quantum computer, supported by government and industry, will be available for use by businesses...

Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts
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Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts

Researchers at India's Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University have designed a robot to climb trees and safely harvest coconuts.
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