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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement
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Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement

Three computer scientists have solved the NLTS conjecture, proving that systems of entangled particles can remain difficult to analyze even away from extremes. ...

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans
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Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans

Researchers have developed a glove inspired by an octopus for securely gripping objects underwater.

DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells
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DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells

Researchers have developed a DNA typewriter that can encode text in cells.

Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink
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Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink

Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain in the world, is transitioning to proof of stake. That sentence may not make sense to you, but it's a huge deal.

Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees
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Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees

Oregon State University researchers trained a machine learning model to forecast whether new herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides would harm honey bees.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
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Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Researchers Track Crypto Pump-and-Dump Operations on Social Media
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Researchers Track Crypto Pump-and-Dump Operations on Social Media

Researchers investigated cryptocurrency scammers' pump-and-dump practices, through which they buy cryptocurrency coins low, collaboratively inflate the price, then...

Miners Are Relying More on Robots. Now They Need Workers to Operate Them.
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Miners Are Relying More on Robots. Now They Need Workers to Operate Them.

At Rio Tinto's Gudai-Darri mine in western Australia, iron ore is hauled by almost two dozen driverless carts, with autonomous water carts used to control dust....

Imaging Technique Visualizes Gene Expression in Brains of Live Mice in Real Time
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Imaging Technique Visualizes Gene Expression in Brains of Live Mice in Real Time

An international team of researchers has created a method for visualizing mRNA molecules in the brains of live mice in real time.

Am I Getting Sick?
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Am I Getting Sick?

The future of over-the-counter at-home medical tests is trending toward multiple-malady detection.

Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask
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Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask

Researchers have found that facial recognition systems may be thwarted by fabric face masks bearing adversarial patterns.

Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses
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Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.

'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash
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'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash

Fuelled by hype and hysteria, the market in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies went from an obscure niche to a $3-trillion industry. Then the house of cards collapsed...

Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.

YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware
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YouTube Content Creator Credentials Are Under Siege by YTStealer Malware

A researcher at security firm Intezer identified a new malware that can steal YouTube content creators' authentication credentials.

Headline Tricks Make People Share News Stories on Facebook
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Headline Tricks Make People Share News Stories on Facebook

Usual punctuation in headlines can make people more likely to share news stories on Facebook, although asking questions is less likely to encourage engagement. ...
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