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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

Network Visualization Tool Maps Information Spread
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Network Visualization Tool Maps Information Spread

Indiana University Bloomington has launched an updated version of the Network Tool, a visualization tool that shows journalists, scientists, and the public how...

Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying
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Fiber-Optic Cables Could Be Used for Spying

Device can eavesdrop on people up to 1 km away using existing fiber-optic cables.

DeepMind Research Cracks Structure of Almost Every Known Protein
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DeepMind Research Cracks Structure of Almost Every Known Protein

Scientists at DeepMind used its AlphaFold algorithm to predict the 3D shape of almost every known protein.

A Secret Language of Cells? Cell Computations Uncovered
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A Secret Language of Cells? Cell Computations Uncovered

Scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and  EPFL's Blue Brain Project have published a theory describing a secret cell language...

Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling
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Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling

A team led by researchers at the Flatiron Institute discovered a new phase of matter that has the potential to act as long-term quantum information storage.

Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data
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Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data

BigScience is a global effort to build a more transparent, accountable AI, with less of the bias that infects so many Big Tech initiatives.

Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm
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Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm

A team of scientists from Japan's Hiroshima University, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences...

Nanomagnets Can Choose a Wine, Could Quench AI's Thirst for Energy
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Nanomagnets Can Choose a Wine, Could Quench AI's Thirst for Energy

Scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, and Western Digital Technologies programmed a neural network...

Neurotechnology and the Law
From Communications of the ACM

Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

Building a Practical Quantum Computer
From Communications of the ACM

Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Quantum computation has a long road ahead.

Brain Implants Get Real
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Brain Implants Get Real

Universities, and a growing number of companies, are producing brain-computer interfaces.

CRISPR-Based Map Ties Every Human Gene to Its Function
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CRISPR-Based Map Ties Every Human Gene to Its Function

A group of researchers have published the first comprehensive functional map of genes expressed in human cells.

Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines
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Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines

Researchers at Japan's Waseda University have developed a hybrid algorithm to improve Ising machines' efficiency with multi-spin flips.

Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools
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Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools

Clearview AI said it is expanding sales of its facial recognition software to companies outside of law enforcement.

Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail
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Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail

Duke University researchers have developed an approach that allows for real-time scanning and imaging of blood flow and oxygen levels in a mouse brain.

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending
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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation
From Communications of the ACM

Addressing Labor Shortages with Automation

Labor shortages have many companies turning to automation technology, but with mixed outcomes.

Immersion Cooling Heats Up
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Immersion Cooling Heats Up

Depending on climate conditions, the availability of renewables and other factors, immersion cooling can make a profound difference in both energy consumption and...

DARPA: Safeguarding Data for Stronger Democracy
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DARPA: Safeguarding Data for Stronger Democracy

The agency is using emerging encryption techniques to protect data in transit, in storage, and during computation.
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