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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool
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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.

Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation
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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils
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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons
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Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons

Chinese scientists have developed a quantum computer prototype with 113 detected photons to solve tasks using the classical Gaussian boson sampling (GBS) modeling...

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.

McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI
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McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI

"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't give you fries with that."

The 50-Year-Old Problem That Eludes Theoretical Computer Science
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The 50-Year-Old Problem That Eludes Theoretical Computer Science

A solution to P vs NP could unlock countless computational problems—or keep them forever out of reach.

Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy
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Facebook Renames Itself Meta Amid Controversy

The social network wants to be known as a metaverse company.

Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning
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Researchers Help Expand Mineral Exploration Using Machine Learning

Researchers at Australia's Curtin University and the Geological Survey of Western Australia are using deep learning to analyze geochemical data to expand mineral...

Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients
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Multi-Algorithm Approach Helps Deliver Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients

Researchers used ensemble-based machine learning algorithms to forecast patients' response to cancer-fighting drugs with high accuracy.

Mapping the Mind's Eye
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Mapping the Mind's Eye

Researchers used applied differential geometry to develop a framework to quantify retinotopic maps in V1, one of 14 areas of the brain devoted to visual processing...

AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Research by neuroscientists suggests the latest predictive language models' underlying mechanism functions similarly to the human brain's language-processing centers...

Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge
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Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The teams behind the real and virtual robots named as winners shared a total of  $5 million in prize money.

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups
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Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups

Technology giants like Microsoft that have set up operations in Kenya are poaching talent from local startups.

Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes
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Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes

Researchers have enhanced computer modeling to better predict the lift and drag of an airplane's structure, without slowing the speed of calculation.
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