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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin
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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a system that represents a new, low-cost way to think about cryptocurrencies.

Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk
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Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Recently discovered vulnerabilities in a nearly 20-year-old industry standard network protocol from Interpeak could potentially make millions of devices exploitable...

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles
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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions...

PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files
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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

Researchers in Germany have developed a new attack that can extract and steal data from encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF)  files, sometimes without user...

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars
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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all...

Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia
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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate last week.

When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning
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When It Comes to Robots, Reliability May Matter More Than Reasoning

A study by U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Central Florida found that human confidence in robots decreases after a robot makes a mistake, even when...

Smart Cities Could Give Visually Impaired New Outlook on Urban Life
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Smart Cities Could Give Visually Impaired New Outlook on Urban Life

Smart-city projects promise to enhance the quality of life for the visually impaired, with Poland's Virtual Warsaw initiative a case in point.

At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds
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At Least 70 Countries Have Had Disinformation Campaigns, Study Finds

Researchers have found that governments worldwide are stepping up their online disinformation campaigns despite more aggressive regulatory efforts by Internet platforms...

Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches
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Huawei Suspended From Global Forum Aimed at Combating Cybersecurity Breaches

Huawei Technologies' membership in the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams has been suspended.

Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs
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Virtual Airport to Improve Accessibility for Passengers with Additional Mobility Needs

Scientists in the U.K. have built a virtual airport environment in order to find ways to improve the air travel experience for passengers with mobility restrictions...

Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia
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Hackers Say They Took Over Vote Scanners Like Those Coming to Georgia

A report from the DEF CON Voting Machine Hacking Village conference described the discovery of a hack for commandeering ballot-scanning machines similar to those...

Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under
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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

High-tech aerial drones known as "croc spotters," which patrol along riverbeds to detect crocodiles, recently were tested in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Number Theorist Fears All Published Math Is Wrong
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Number Theorist Fears All Published Math Is Wrong

"I think there is a non-zero chance that some of our great castles are built on sand," he said, arguing that we must begin to rely on AI to verify proofs.

Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking
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Decoding How Kids Get Into Hacking

Michigan State University's Thomas Holt identified characteristics and gender-specific behavioral patterns that could inspire children to become hackers.

IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer
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IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer

IBM announced the forthcoming launch of a 53-quantum-bit (qubit) quantum computer, for use by IBM Q Network clients.

U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip
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U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories will be among the first organizations to deploy artificial intelligence computers...

Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS
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Research Suggests How Environmental Toxin Produced by Algae May Lead to ALS

Pennsylvania State University researchers used a digital simulation to explore how a toxin generated by saltwater algae might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...

U.S. Government Urged to Boost R&D Spending
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U.S. Government Urged to Boost R&D Spending

The nonprofit Information Technology and Innovation Foundation think tank has called on the U.S. government to invest an additional $40 billion annually in technology...

Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups
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Map Shows All the Code Connections Between Russia's Hacker Groups

Israeli cybersecurity firms Check Point and Intezer have charted Russian hackers' toolkits from wide-ranging analysis of 2,500 malware samples.
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