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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards
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ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

Award recipients made contributions to areas including secure systems, software, privacy, and artificial intelligence.

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds
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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian...

Think Like a Computer
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Think Like a Computer

A pilot program designed in part by educators at South Dakota's Sanford Underground Research Facility is introducing computational thinking into elementary school...

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool
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Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

A reinforcement learning algorithm aims to speed up materials discovery by modeling material properties at the atomic and molecular scale.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem
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Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science proposed two methods for reducing the computational cost of bicycle sharing systems without impacting performance...

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack
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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier...

The Drones of War
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The Drones of War

Drone makers are donating, or selling at cost, unmanned aerial drones to Ukraine.

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past
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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds
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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues...

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence
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Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.

Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard
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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the...

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs
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Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.

Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway
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Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway

Audio recorders have reliably identified birds in Norwegian forests by their songs.

Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time
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Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

An international team of researchers has modeled digital twins of diseases, in order to improve diagnosis and treatment.
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