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Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling
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Quantum Researchers Advance Error Handling

A team led by researchers at the Flatiron Institute discovered a new phase of matter that has the potential to act as long-term quantum information storage.

AI Designs Proteins With Potential for Medicines, Vaccines
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AI Designs Proteins With Potential for Medicines, Vaccines

University of Washington researchers developed an AI software that can design structures for proteins that do not exist, including compounds that might find use...

Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers
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Experts Uncover 'CosmicStrand' UEFI Firmware Rootkit Used by Chinese Hackers

Rootkit hides in firmware images of Gigabyte or ASUS motherboards, all related to designs using the H81 chipset.

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms
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Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms

Opens the door to using commercially available health monitors to detect other infectious diseases.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Defending the Enterprise
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Defending the Enterprise

Using chaos testing to stabilize cybersecurity.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning
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Agricultural Engineers Design Early Step for Robotic, Green-Fruit Thinning

Agricultural engineers created a prototype end-effector that can remove unwanted apples from trees as a first step toward robotic, green-fruit thinning.

HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound
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HIV Combination Therapies Could Prevent Viral Escape, Rebound

Researchers designed a novel therapy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that could prevent the virus from escaping treatment.

In Memoriam: Alexander Fraser
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In Memoriam: Alexander Fraser

The projects he worked on or oversaw had a huge impact, either directly or indirectly.

Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data
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Big Tech Builds AI with Bad Data, So Scientists Sought Better Data

BigScience is a global effort to build a more transparent, accountable AI, with less of the bias that infects so many Big Tech initiatives.

Deep Learning Method Worth Its Salt
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Deep Learning Method Worth Its Salt

A multi-institutional team of researchers led by the University of Cincinnati's Yu Shi has developed a technique for modeling the thermodynamic properties of molten...

Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm
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Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm

A team of scientists from Japan's Hiroshima University, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences...

Nanomagnets Can Choose a Wine, Could Quench AI's Thirst for Energy
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Nanomagnets Can Choose a Wine, Could Quench AI's Thirst for Energy

Scientists at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Maryland, and Western Digital Technologies programmed a neural network...

U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway
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U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway

The U.K. government has approved plans for Skyway, a 165-mile drone superhighway that will connect towns across England and be used to survey infrastructure such...

Formalizing Fairness
From Communications of the ACM

Formalizing Fairness

Algorithmic fairness aims to remedy issues stemming from algorithmic bias.

Crossing the Uncanny Valley
From Communications of the ACM

Crossing the Uncanny Valley

The "uncanny valley effect" may be holding back the field of robotics.

Neurotechnology and the Law
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Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
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'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.
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