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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law
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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy. ...

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups
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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms
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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

A new program of the Open Wearables Initiative is designed to identify open source algorithms that may become de facto industry standards.

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process...

How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways
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How SNPs Can Be Used to Detect Disease Pathways

Researchers have computationally harnessed single-nucleotide polymorphisms to identify disease pathways.

National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation
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National Task Force Recommends Removing Race from Kidney Function Equation

A national task force is recommending the use of a new diagnostic equation for measuring kidney function that eliminates race from the algorithm.

Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices
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Research Finds Security Flaws in Apps for Popular Smart Home Devices

Researchers discovered "critical cryptographic flaws" in the smartphone companion apps of 16 popular smart home devices.

'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself
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'Stalkerware' Apps Are Proliferating. Protect Yourself

These spyware apps record your conversations, location and everything you type, all while camouflaged as a calculator or calendar.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off....

The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over
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The Melting Face Emoji Has Already Won Us Over

Of the 37 new emojis approved this year, one stood out as a visual proxy for our collective malaise.

Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge
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Teams Develop Code to Coordinate Robots, Win $535,000 in Space Robotics Challenge

Seven teams that competed in the NASA Space Robotics Challenge were awarded a total of $535,000.

How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony
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How AI Completed Beethoven's Unfinished Tenth Symphony

Computer scientists, music historians, musicologists, and composers applied artificial intelligence to the task of completing Beethoven's unfinished Tenth Symphony...

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.
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Epic Games Believes the Internet is Broken. This is Their Blueprint to Fix It.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and other executives detail their plan for the metaverse and how it differs from Facebook's vision

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response
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AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

An artificial intelligence technique can determine which neoantigens (cell surface peptides generated by cancer cells) are recognized by the immune system.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns
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Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable.

AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers increasingly ask AI whether anybody is out there.
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