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May 2021


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IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM Unveils Two-Nanometer Chip Technology for Faster Computing

IBM has unveiled what it is calling the world's first 2-nanometer chipmaking technology.


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An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI

An Uncrackable Combination of Invisible Ink, AI

Researchers printed encoded data using a carbon nanoparticle-based ink that can be read only by an artificial intelligence model when exposed to ultraviolet light.


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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.


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Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of Older Broadband Routers Have Security Flaws, Warn Researchers

Millions of U.K. households use old broadband routers that hackers could exploit.


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An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An Artificial Neural Network Joins the Fight Against Receding Glaciers

An artificial neural network can autonomously recognize and quantify the edges of glaciers in satellite images with far greater reliability than humans.


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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

The New York Police Department has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics after several incidents prompted allegations of invasive surveillance and overreach.


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How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe

How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe

A study by researchers at the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and Temple University identified cybersecurity weaknesses that could threaten the safety of connected and automated electric vehicles.


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Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate with overwhelming probability that something is true without…


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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.


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This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline

This Massive DDoS Attack Took Large Sections of a Country's Internet Offline

More than 200 organizations across Belgium, including the government and parliament, were affected by a DDoS attack that overwhelmed them with bad traffic.


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Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies

Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies

The tech company tested the prompts last year and said they led to fewer offensive replies on its service. So, it's rolling them out widely.


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Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

A multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia.


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ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

A machine learning technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M University enables users to produce novel views of a scene from a single photo.


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How Much Does It Itch?

How Much Does It Itch?

A soft, wearable sensor developed by Northwestern University scientists can measure the itchiness suffered by children with atopic dermatitis (eczema).


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Researchers Successfully Use 3D 'Bioprinting' to Create Nose Cartilage

Researchers Successfully Use 3D 'Bioprinting' to Create Nose Cartilage

A three-dimensional bioprinting technique can generate customized cartilage for use in restorative surgeries.


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Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots

Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots

Researchers have develop a robotic arm setup that can comb tangled hair.


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'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry.


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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries.


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Study Shows Powered Prosthetic Ankles Can Restore a Wide Range of Functions for Amputees

Study Shows Powered Prosthetic Ankles Can Restore a Wide Range of Functions for Amputees

A prosthetic ankle powered by neural control technologies could help amputees regain a wide range of abilities, with training.


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Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics designed a technique to search for simulation models that evaluate specific behaviors of automated driving systems.


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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.

 


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Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander's nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask if an adviser can actually have an impact.


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'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound

'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound

The means for equipping everyday objects with a bat-like sense of their surroundings has been developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow.


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Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection

Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection

Researchers have developed a deepfake detection method for supporting mission-essential tasks.


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3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options

3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options

A new three-dimensionally printed home in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, could become commonplace as the country deals with a housing shortage.


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Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers

Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers

Researchers at Australia's Monash University have developed autonomous robotic technology capable of harvesting apples.


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Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

A Microsoft security research unit discovered a number of poor memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology.


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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?


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A Satisfying Result

A Satisfying Result

Formulating a decades-old geometric conjecture as a satisfiability problem opened the door to its final resolution.


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A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

A Traffic Cop for Low Earth Orbit

Who will be the space traffic controller for orbiting objects?

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