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Picking Locks with Audio Technology
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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

How eavesdropping smartphones could give thieves a copy of your front door key.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough as Scientists Find Possible Solution to Technology's Biggest Hurdle

Research by scientists in Australia and Canada has led to a possible solution to controlling "noise" in quantum computers, errors introduced by manipulation of...

Finding Common Ground
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Finding Common Ground

Self-driving vehicles start to understand pedestrians, cyclists.

Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms
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Army Advances Learning Capabilities of Drone Swarms

Researchers have developed a reinforcement learning technique to enable swarms of unmanned drones to carry out missions while minimizing performance uncertainty...

3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face
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3D Images From Ultrasounds Allow Blind Parents to Feel Their Infant's Face

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore can provide blind parents with three-dimensional models of their baby's face so they can "see" them before they are born,

Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems
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Cisco Challenge Winners Use AI, IoT to Tackle Global Problems

Cisco awarded the top prize in its Global Problem Solver Challenge to an Internet of Things-enabled system for transporting dairy products.

Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps
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Privacy Problems Are Widespread for Alexa, Google Assistant Voice Apps

Researchers have found that privacy policies for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa often violate baseline requirements.

Apparently, Size Does Matter
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Apparently, Size Does Matter

Consumers make better Internet buying decisions when using full-sized PCs.

'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One
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'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a quantum computing architecture that performs low-error computations while rapidly sharing quantum...

The U.S. Has AI Competition All Wrong
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The U.S. Has AI Competition All Wrong

Computing power, not data, is the secret to tech dominance.

Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk
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Qualcomm Chip Vulnerability Puts Millions of Phones at Risk

The Check Point security firm found 400 code vulnerabilities on Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital signal processor chip, used in more than 40% of Android smartphones...

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality
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Deep Learning Moves Cancer Vaccines Toward Reality

Researchers have designed a deep learning method to help develop personalized cancer vaccines by better understanding the biological mechanisms of interaction between...

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance
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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional...

Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health
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Scientists Design Thread-Based Wearable Sweat Sensors to Monitor Health

Researchers at Tufts University have developed a flexible electronic sensing patch that can analyze a person's sweat for multiple health markers while being worn...

How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...

Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately
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Machine Learning Method Allows Hospitals to Share Patient Data Privately

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that can facilitate the sharing of patient data without compromising privacy.

3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs
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3D-Printed Tiles Helping Restore Devastated Coral Reefs

Marine scientists and architects created three-dimensionally-printed terra-cotta tiles to function as artificial coral reefs, in order to help restore devastated...

U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength
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U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength

The U.S. Marine Corps will test use-cases for Guardian XO Alpha, a wearable robotic exoskeleton from the defense-focused subsidiary of Sarcos Robotics.

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.
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