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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . .  How AI Protects Us
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects Us

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels
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Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels

Researchers in Singapore have developed a computational tool for faster and more reliable screening and diagnosis of vascular and neurological conditions.

IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers
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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

Recent experiments utilized a method that could enable quantum computers to perform  calculations beyond the capabilities of today's most powerful supercomputers...

Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security
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Fitness Trackers Could Benefit From Better Security

A security analysis of two wearable fitness trackers revealed a technique for intercepting messages transmitted between the trackers and cloud servers.

To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries
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To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries

Researchers suggest controlling access to third-party libraries will help limit the undesired exposure of personal information by smartphone applications.

No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System
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No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System

Researchers in Saudi Arabia say they have developed a flexible underwater wireless video system.

Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries
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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries

At 4:55 a.m. California time on 15 September, hundreds of scientists watched their life's work go up in flames.

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

Spies in Our Pockets
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Spies in Our Pockets

Electronic eavesdropping is becoming ever more nefarious in the age of smartphones and digital devices.

First On-Chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory Developed
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First On-Chip Nanoscale Optical Quantum Memory Developed

Researchers say they have developed the first computer chip with nanoscale optical quantum memory.

Improving Web Security Without Sacrificing Performance
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Improving Web Security Without Sacrificing Performance

Researchers have developed a programming tool enabling high-performance cryptographic code to be verifiably correct and secure.

Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks
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Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and collaborators have proposed a method for detecting credential spear-phishing attacks.

Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here
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Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here

A growing number of organizations are attempting to make thought-controlled sense, control, communication, and action a reality by developing brain-computer interfaces...

China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility
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China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility

China plans to building the world's largest quantum research facility, according to researchers and authorities involved in the initiative.

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet's atmosphere...

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
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Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
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How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...

High-Speed Quantum Memory for Photons
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High-Speed Quantum Memory for Photons

A new memory technology can store photons in a rubidium atomic vapor and read them out again later without significantly altering their quantum mechanical properties...

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

Julia Joins Petaflop Club
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Julia Joins Petaflop Club

The open source Julia programming language has been admitted into the "Petaflop Club."
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