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December 2021


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Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun

Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun

Amazon Web Services has donated cloud computing time to help climate scientists create simulations of the Earth from 2035 to 2070.


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Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away

Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away

Researchers explored social spambots' behavior on social media, interaction with genuine accounts, and current bot technologies' capabilities.


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Critical Wormable Security Flaw Found in Several HP Printer Models

Critical Wormable Security Flaw Found in Several HP Printer Models

F-Secure Labs researchers reported two eight-year-old vulnerabilities affecting 150 HP multifunction printers could be exploited to commandeer target devices.


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Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)

Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)

Automotive cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game, with the good guys and bad guys constantly chasing each other.


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A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York's faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.


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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Robots are taking their jobs.


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Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Climate Change Data Deluge Sends Scientists Scrambling for Solutions

Scientists are racing to store, analyze, and preserve massive volumes of climate change data collected by sensor-equipped satellites, aircraft, and other instruments.


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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.


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High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease

High-Speed Cell Holography Spots Beacons of Disease

Duke University scientists have engineered a holographic system that can image and analyze tens of thousands of cells per minute to identify disease indicators.


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Discovery Opens the Way for Brain-Like Computers

Discovery Opens the Way for Brain-Like Computers

Researchers successfully combined a memory function with a calculation function in the same component.


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How TikTok Reads Your Mind

How TikTok Reads Your Mind

It's the most successful video app in the world. An internal company document offers a new level of detail about how the algorithm works.


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U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

U.S. Military Has Acted Against Ransomware Groups

The head of Cyber Command said a new cross-functional effort has been gathering intelligence to combat criminal groups targeting U.S. infrastructure.


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Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Twitter's New CEO Announces Major Reorganization

Engineering, design leads out as Parag Agrawal announces big changes.


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Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

Scientists Claim Big Advance in Using DNA to Store Data

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Tech Research Institute claim they can improve DNA data storage 100-fold with a new processor they developed.


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New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

New Attacks on Web Browsers Detected

Information technology scientists detected 14 new types of Web browser-targeting cross-site leaks.


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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.


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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.


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F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm

F.T.C. Sues to Stop Blockbuster Chip Deal Between Nvidia and Arm

The proposed deal would give Nvidia control over computing technology and designs on which rival firms rely.


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Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Busted for Not Social Distancing by a COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Robot

Surveillance robot could help reduce disease spread and also aid contact tracing.


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Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

Data in the Wild Might be Key to Better Public Health

"Social determinants of health have really come to the forefront in terms of who has been most greatly impacted."


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AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

AI Has Learned to Read Time on Analog Clock

Artificial intelligence trained on computer-generated images of analog clocks captured at different angles learned to read the time.


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Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

Shifting Colors for On-Chip Photonics

On-chip frequency shifters can convert light in the gigahertz frequency range using continuous and single-tone microwaves.


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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.


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Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

A mainstay of the Internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.


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Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

Lawmakers Target Big Tech 'Amplification'

What does that mean?


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Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

Robotaxis Roaming Around Yokohama Are Winning Over Unlikely Fans

The Nissan demonstration is the largest of its type in Japan to date.


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Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

Facebook Reveals Broad Takedown of Global Disinformation Networks

The takedowns described in the company's monthly threat report demonstrate how the cat-and-mouse game between Facebook and bad actors is escalating.


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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.


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Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

Stanford's Simple New Quantum Computer Design: Photonic Computation in a Synthetic Time Dimension

A relatively simple quantum computer design that uses a single atom to manipulate photons could be constructed with currently available components.


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Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

Creating 3D Maps with a Backpack

A researcher at the University of Twente in the Netherlands has developed a wearable mobile mapping system.

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