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Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed
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Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed

An international research team has developed a robot that can intelligently navigate underground in urban environments.

Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards
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Security Flaw Detected for 2nd Time in Credit Cards

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have uncovered a method for bypassing security measures to use certain credit and debit cards without a PIN code.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a global chip shortage with an executive order that aims to strengthen supply chains.

Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors
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Heavy Rain Affects Object Detection by Autonomous Vehicle LiDAR Sensors

Researchers have found that the LiDAR sensors in autonomous vehicles are less effective in detecting objects at a distance during periods of heavy rain.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree
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France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree

The French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems said attackers associated with Russian military hackers have been compromising French targets...

Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes
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Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes

A flexible, free-standing terahertz (THz) camera patch can film irregularly shaped objects more easily than traditional bulky and rigid THz cameras.

Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic
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Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic

TomTom's 2020 analysis of the world's traffic shows how the coronavirus spread across the globe.

This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers
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This 'One-Stop Shop' Aims to Create a Roadmap for Security Careers

The U.K. Cyber Security Council aims to serve as a "one-stop shop" for people seeking careers in information security.

GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking
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GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking

The U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has published a paper outlining how artificial intelligence could be used to help protect that nation. ...

A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer
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A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer

Researchers simulated some materials as much as 3 million times faster than a classical computer could through the process of quantum annealing.

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law
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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge's ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

A.I. Here, There, Everywhere
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A.I. Here, There, Everywhere

Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized.

Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior
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Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior

A study by Northwestern University researchers highlighted how the public can influence companies they think are misusing their data or engaging in unethical behavior...

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Forecast Underground Natural Reserves
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Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Forecast Underground Natural Reserves

Researchers have developed a reinforcement-based algorithm that automates forecasting of subterranean properties, enabling accurate prediction of oil and gas reserves...

The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions
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The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions

A study under the Moralities of Intelligent Machines project found the appearance of robots influences humans' perception of their decisions' morality.
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