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VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults
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VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults

A virtual reality test can be used to assess an individual's functional cognition, and eventually may be used to test for age-related cognitive decline.

Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows
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Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

India's Stellapps Technologies has come up with what CEO Ranjith Mukundan describes as "a device which is like a Fitbit for cattle."

European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack
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European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack

Major oil terminals at some of Western Europe's biggest ports have been hit by a cyberattack.

Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing
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Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing

Using ultrathin materials to reduce the size of superconducting qubits may pave the way for personal-sized quantum devices.

U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development
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U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development

The agencies also announced U.S. plans to participate in World Quantum Day, an international event to be held on April 14.

277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP
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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks....

GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online
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GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online

And we thought cookies were dangerous enough.

A New Method for Quantum Computing
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A New Method for Quantum Computing

Physicists have proposed a new scalable quantum computing architecture using trapped ions.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

Machine Intelligence Builds Soft Machines
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Machine Intelligence Builds Soft Machines

A machine learning framework developed by researchers at the University of Maryland aims to accelerate the design of soft machines.

Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations
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Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations

A multi-institutional team of researchers has demonstrated that phonons contribute to superconductivity in copper-based materials.

Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze
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Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze

The neuromorphic computing device solved the puzzle by working like an animal brain would.

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them
From ACM TechNews

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them

Chip designer Arm has released a prototype development board based on the Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions (CHERI) architecture.

Scientists Simulate 'Fingerprint' of Noise on Quantum Computer
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Simulate 'Fingerprint' of Noise on Quantum Computer

Researchers developed a technique that creates a "fingerprint" of noise on a quantum computer, as seen by a simulation running on the machine.

How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China
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How the Computer Chip Shortage Could Incite a U.S. Conflict With China

A war game and study by a think tank illustrate how dependent the world is on Taiwan's semiconductor foundries.

New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT
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New Supply Chain Security Standard for ICT

This is the first global standard to measure and verify supplier strust, and to protect digital infrastructure.

North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers
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North Korean Internet Downed by Suspected Cyberattacks: Researchers

Seoul-based news site NK Pro reported that log files and network records showed Websites on North Korean Web domains were largely unreachable.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

IBM Research Reveals Method to Double Size of Quantum Simulations
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IBM Research Reveals Method to Double Size of Quantum Simulations

IBM researchers doubled the size of quantum simulations while halving the number of quantum bits required, via a method called entanglement forging.

A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.
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