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January 2022


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'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform any face mask into a smart monitoring device.


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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots.


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How Game Theory Changed Poker

How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach the game.


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Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Hiring managers expect finding qualified developers will be the biggest recruitment challenge of 2022, according to a survey of 14,000 developers and technology recruiters.


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Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas

Teen Cyber Prodigy Stumbled Onto Flaw Letting Him Hijack Teslas

Flaws found in third-party software for Teslas can allow hacks.


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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes.


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Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

Algorithmic Method Identifies Epidemic Waves of COVID-19

U.K. and Polish scientists have developed a technique to detect epidemic waves of COVID-19.


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Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating truly random numbers for cryptographic algorithms could become possible through Nisa Bostanci and colleagues at Turkey's TOBB University of Economics and Technology.


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Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill

Beijing Unveils Grand Plan to Grow Digital Economy as U.S. Moves Forward with Competition Bill

Beijing's ambitions for the digital economy and core technologies have stoked fears the U.S. could lose technological leadership to China.


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Reaching Across the Aisle to Find the Algorithms of Vision

Reaching Across the Aisle to Find the Algorithms of Vision

Two styles of understanding visual processing—discriminative and generative approaches—have guided researchers on separate paths for decades, but now are being brought together.


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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.


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Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season

Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season

"We believe this type of threat detection technology is the future of keeping fans safe at events," said Vernon J. Conaway Jr., the stadium authority's vice president of safety and security.


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Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.

Smart Guns Arriving in the U.S.

Smart guns are beginning to become available to U.S. consumers.


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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Some economists blame escalating inequality on the automation of tasks formerly done by humans, in addition to excessive technology investment and supportive public policies.


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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development of countermeasures.


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Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robotic Arms Use ML to Reach Deeper into Distribution

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery as logistics operators faced with labor shortages turn to automation to meet high demand.


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Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age

Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age

Experts envision quantum advantage as the next step in the race toward practical quantum computing applications.


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Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path

Algorithm Helps Robots Avoid Obstacles in Their Path

An algorithm developed by researchers at the University of South Australia aims to help robots avoid humans and other obstacles in their path.


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When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.


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Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

Europol Ordered to Delete Data Concerning Individuals with No Criminal Link

The EU police agency has been accused of hoovering up data indiscriminately to create tools and algorithms.


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Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

After years of research and development, at least two major smart gun makers claim they are on track to release a commercial product this year.


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Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You

Robot Tractors May Be Heading to a Farm Near You

U.S. farm equipment manufacturer John Deere and French agricultural robot startup Naio unveiled new technologies at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


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Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Everybody into the Metaverse! VR Beckons Big Tech

Many believe mainstream use of the metaverse will be realized only when cumbersome augmented reality headsets tare replaced by lightweight eyeglass-like alternatives.


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Measuring Trust in AI

Measuring Trust in AI

Researchers find public trust in AI varies greatly depending on the application.


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Artificially Altered Material Could Accelerate Neuromorphic Device Development

Artificially Altered Material Could Accelerate Neuromorphic Device Development

By adjusting vacancies and substitutions in a material through a process called doping, researchers can enable previously impossible applications.


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RISC Chip Innovators Receive 2022 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

RISC Chip Innovators Receive 2022 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

Today, virtually every person with a portable computing device benefits from the RISC chip due to its low-power feature, which yields a much longer battery life.


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System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard

System Recognizes Hand Gestures to Expand Computer Input on a Keyboard

A new system developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo responds to users' hand gestures as computer commands.


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Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES

Self-Driving Racecars Zip Into History at CES

Self-driving racecars sped around an oval track at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas during the high-speed Indy Autonomous Challenge.


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Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference

Sweden's Psychological Defense Agency to Fight Fake News, Foreign Interference

Sweden on Jan. 1 created the Swedish Psychological Defense Agency to fight the spread of disinformation campaigns.


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The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

The End of Car Keys, Passwords, Fumbling with Phones at Checkout

Ultra-wideband technology could revolutionize interaction with devices, if privacy and other issues can be addressed.

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