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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.

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.

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....

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?"

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.

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.

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.

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.

65% of Tech Recruiters Believe Their Hiring Process Is Biased, Survey Suggests
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65% of Tech Recruiters Believe Their Hiring Process Is Biased, Survey Suggests

In a poll of 14,000 technology workers from 131 countries, nearly two-thirds of respondents said bias is an issue in tech recruitment.

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.

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.
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