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The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants
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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum
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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals....

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
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Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds
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If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

Using a brain-computer interface can fundamentally change our grey matter, a view of ourselves, and even how fast our brains can change the world.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown
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179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Operation Disruptor is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last year's seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street...

Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started
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Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started

Cybersecurity researchers have found that hacks on smart devices have climbed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds
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Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that online searches on gastrointestinal symptoms can forecast a spike in coronavirus cases weeks...

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...
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