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Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask
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Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask

Researchers have found that facial recognition systems may be thwarted by fabric face masks bearing adversarial patterns.

A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology
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A 'Wise Counsel' for Synthetic Biology

Researchers have developed a modular software application for optimizing biological systems, which they said does not require computational skills to use.

Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses
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Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.

'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash
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'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash

Fuelled by hype and hysteria, the market in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies went from an obscure niche to a $3-trillion industry. Then the house of cards collapsed...

Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco
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Cruise's Robot Car Outages Are Jamming Up San Francisco

In a series of incidents, the GM subsidiary lost contact with its autonomous vehicles, leaving them frozen in traffic and trapping human drivers.

The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon
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The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon

Aurora, Waymo, TuSimple and Torc are among the leaders in an industry that could pass self-driving cars.

Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem
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Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem

Computer scientists have found a new type of problem that quantum computers can solve dramatically faster than their classical counterparts.

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving
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Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving

Researchers have fabricated smart textiles that can sense their wearer's posture and motions.

Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs
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Apple to Add 'Lockdown' Safeguard on iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple has announced the forthcoming rollout of a "lockdown" option for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers, in order to shield them from spyware.

Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible
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Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible

Researchers built a nanomechanical logic gate that uses vibrations for information processing rather than electrons.

AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup
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AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup

The Federation Internationale de Football Association will use a semi-automated AI system to help referees make offside calls during the 2022 World Cup.

Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations
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Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations

A small diamond-based quantum computer performs a sequence of mathematical operations to cool itself.

Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
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Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed

Researchers used computer simulations and motion capture to simulate how birds optimize their landing maneuvers.

Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries
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Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries

A self-driving vehicle operated by Cruise was involved in a June 3 crash in San Francisco which resulted in injuries to occupants in both vehicles.

Toyota Partners with Israel's Quantum Machines for Quantum Computing Solutions
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Toyota Partners with Israel's Quantum Machines for Quantum Computing Solutions

Through its trading arm, Toyota hopes to offer quantum tech to Japanese customers, leveraging capabilities developed by an Israeli startup.

Tuning Sound Waves on Chip
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Tuning Sound Waves on Chip

Harvard University researchers have shown that acoustic waves can be controlled and modulated with an electric field on chip.

Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air
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Acoustic Levitation Used to Build Complex Structures in Mid-Air

A new system incorporates a robotic arm that generates sound waves to levitate and move objects to build complex structures in mid-air without touching the parts...

Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse
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The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they're building will be a far cry from Meta's virtual world.
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