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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach
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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach

An artificial intelligence model can forecast the binding configuration of two proteins.

Robots Give Surgeons a Helping Hand
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Robots Give Surgeons a Helping Hand

About 6,700 Da Vinci robots in place at hospitals across the globe have performed more than 10 million surgical procedures.

Getting Better Performance From Brains, Computers
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Getting Better Performance From Brains, Computers

Tufts University researchers have proposed two methods for boosting the efficiency of brain and computational performance.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.

High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports
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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.

How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle
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How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle

Researchers are teaching animals how to drive, in order to understand how experience affects learning and how brains adapt to change.

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund
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Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund

Intel and RISC-V working together is a game-changer, and today is the day that RISC-V becomes a chip power.

Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images
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Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images

A new technique uses two-dimensional images to improve the ability of artificial intelligence programs to identify three-dimensional objects.

World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing
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World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing

Apple, Amazon, and Google were among the companies said to 'lack integrity' when it came to setting, and following, net-zero pledges.

Tiny Chips, Big Headaches
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Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Concern is growing about larger, more intricate cloud computing networks' fundamental dependence on less reliable and less predictable chips.

Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes
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Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes

Researchers have developed a smart system that uses artificial intelligence to track food consumption by residents of long-term care communities.

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.

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.

Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing
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Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing

Using ultrathin materials to reduce the size of superconducting qubits may pave the way for personal-sized quantum devices.

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....

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.

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.
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