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Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders
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Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders

Researchers at Canada's University of Toronto are leveraging microelectronics and artificial intelligence to make neural implants smarter and safer.

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King
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Musk Defends Controversial $20 Blue Checkmark Twitter Plan to Stephen King

The new Twitter owner has fired back at the author, whose horrified "f*** that" reaction to a plan to charge for a verification went viral: "We need to pay the...

Chip Makers, Once in High Demand, Confront Sudden Challenges
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Chip Makers, Once in High Demand, Confront Sudden Challenges

Demand for semiconductors was off the charts last year. But a sharp slowdown coupled with new U.S. restrictions against China have created obstacles.

Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes
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Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have developed a robotic peregrine falcon in a bid to prevent birds from colliding with aircraft. ...

White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector
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White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector

The 100-day grid cybersecurity sprint led to over 150 utilities deploying new technologies to improve cybersecurity defenses, according to a DOE press release. ...

A Long-Awaited Defense Against Data Leaks May Have Just Arrived
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A Long-Awaited Defense Against Data Leaks May Have Just Arrived

MongoDB claims its new "Queryable Encryption" lets users search their databases while sensitive data stays encrypted. Oh, and its cryptography is open source.

'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton
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'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton

Mexico's Association for People with Cerebral Palsy plans to use the Atlas 2030 pediatric exoskeleton to help at least 200 children with cerebral palsy.

How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?
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How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?

Researchers leveraged enzymes, artificial neurons, and neural networks to retrieve or manipulate digital data stored as DNA.

AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt
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AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt

Mechanical engineers have developed an artificial intelligence-powered material that learns behaviors over time, and can adjust to changing circumstances.

Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s
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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s

A new website allows users to sift through 91.7 million computer files from CD-ROM releases and floppy discs dating back to the 1980s.

Go Backward, Save Energy
From Communications of the ACM

Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.

Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers aim to make electric vehicles more appealing to drivers by improving access to charging stations via a game theory-based...

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease
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Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

A new machine learning algorithm aims to improve the diagnosis of people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers
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Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Ride-hailing firm Lyft announced it was testing an earnings algorithm so drivers in 18 U.S. cities can view destination and pay details before accepting requests...

Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study
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Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study

A new study found that the risk of certain common chronic diseases can be lowered with the use of a wearable activity tracker.

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers
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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently...

Computer Errors from Outer Space
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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure
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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.
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