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Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research
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Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research

The latest effort would spend billions on a few universities, but skeptics give it long odds.

Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
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Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, Microsoft's AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect
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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect

The Texas law enables users of leading social media platforms to sue the platforms if they think they have been censored because of their political views.

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them
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Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth....

Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors
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Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors

A team of Austrian and German scientists has constructed a 16-quantum bit computer that runs error-free calculations.

AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping
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AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping

Neural Voice Camouflage technology can help prevent eavesdropping by producing custom background noise.

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps
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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs.

Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch
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Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch

A study of 164 government-endorsed education technology products found 146 endangered children's privacy by collecting and selling their data to ad tech companies...

Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It's a Good Time for Them
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Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It's a Good Time for Them

Flush with cash, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are positioned to emerge from a downturn stronger and more powerful. As usual.

PDF Smuggles Microsoft Word Doc to Drop Snake Keylogger Malware
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PDF Smuggles Microsoft Word Doc to Drop Snake Keylogger Malware

Threat analysts at HP Wolf Security have discovered a recent malware distribution campaign that uses PDF attachments to transport Word documents with malicious...

Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools
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Clearview AI's Facial Recognition Tool Coming to Apps, Schools

Clearview AI said it is expanding sales of its facial recognition software to companies outside of law enforcement.

He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana
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He Dropped Out of School to Learn Robotics. Now He's Teaching STEM Across Ghana

Jonathan Kennedy Sowah founded a tech club that became InovTech STEM Center, which travels to schools across Ghana to teach students and teachers STEM subjects...

ORNL's Frontier First to Break the Exaflop Ceiling
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ORNL's Frontier First to Break the Exaflop Ceiling

The 59th edition of the TOP500 revealed the Frontier system to be the first true exascale machine with an HPL score of 1.102 Exaflop/s.

ACM Elects Yannis Ioannidis as President
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ACM Elects Yannis Ioannidis as President

Ioannidis serves on the ACM Digital Library Board, is faculty advisor of his university's ACM Student Chapter, and will chair the ACM Europe Council Working Group...

AI Predicts Potential Nutrient Deficiencies from Space
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AI Predicts Potential Nutrient Deficiencies from Space

Geographic areas with populations at high risk of micronutrient deficiencies can be identified using publicly available satellite data and artificial intelligence...

Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network
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Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University scientists have unveiled a smart version of a transient pacemaker, which dissolvesView...

Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?
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Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?

Saratoga, CA-based Mojo is one of a number of companies currently testing smart contact lens products.

Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree
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Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree

Computer science is a broad and rewarding field. Find out the computer science degree salary you can expect depending on your chosen career path.

Error-Free Quantum Computing Gets Real
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Error-Free Quantum Computing Gets Real

The researchers implemented two computational gates on fault-tolerant quantum bits, which are necessary for a universal set of gates.

Accused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met
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Accused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met

An unsettling glimpse at the digitization of education.
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