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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.

Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'
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Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'

Researchers incorporated a pair of infrared cameras into prototype goggles to help blind and visually impaired people navigate their environment intuitively.

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.

A Revolution in Haptics
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A Revolution in Haptics

New technology solutions allow users to 'touch' the virtual.

Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms
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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms

Factories and other industrial users ordered 28% more robots last year than in 2020, according to data compiled by the Association for Advancing Automation.

VR to the ER: Metaverse Early Adopters Prove Accident-Prone
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VR to the ER: Metaverse Early Adopters Prove Accident-Prone

Tally includes broken vases, dislocated shoulders, injured girlfriends; "Why don't you go to the gym like a normal person?"

U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks
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U.S. Sends Top Security Official to Help NATO Brace for Russian Cyberattacks

Intelligence assessments suggest that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would most likely be preceded by cyberattacks on the country.

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.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

Studying the Big Bang with AI
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Studying the Big Bang with AI

Researchers at Austria's TU Wien have demonstrated that neural networks can be used to simulate "quark-gluon plasma" to study the Big Bang.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'
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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

That's Tesla's mess to deal with.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
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What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!

At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action...

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?
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Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown rich off big ideas developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.
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