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August 2022


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World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit

World's Largest Mechanical Robot Suit

Prosthesis is the world's largest four-legged exoskeleton, described as 'a cross between an excavator, a dune buggy, and a dinosaur.'


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VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

VR Headsets Reduced to Size of Regular Glasses

Scientists from Stanford University and Nvidia create thinner, lighter virtual reality headgear than commercially available devices.


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Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack

Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack

Google Project Zero security researcher Ivan Fratric launched a remote code execution attack by exploiting the technology underlying Zoom and other applications.


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Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH

Virtual Drum Set Debuts at SIGGRAPH

Engineer and musician Victor Zappi introduced a virtual percussion instrument co-developed with Professor Sidney Fels at the University of British Columbia at ACM's SIGGRAPH 2022 conference.


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The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

Lennert Wouters at Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven hacked SpaceX's Starlink network.


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AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters

AI May Come to the Rescue of Future Firefighters

A new artificial intelligence model could warn firefighters of imminent combustion or flashovers.


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Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon Expands Palm-Scanning Payment Tech to 65 More Whole Foods Locations

Amazon plans to expand its Amazon One palm-scanner payment technology to more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California.


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Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Ordinary Computers Can Beat Google's Quantum Computer After All

Scientists said they could beat Google's Sycamore quantum computer in performing an esoteric calculation using ordinary processors paired with a supercomputer.


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FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

FEC Greenlights Google Plan to Loosen Spam Filters, Overcoming Democratic Challenge

Under the pilot program, campaigns would be able to circumvent algorithmic sorting by tech companies that at times sends their emails to spam.


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Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works

Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works

Self-supervised learning allows a neural network to figure out for itself what matters. The process might be what makes our own brains so successful.


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Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers Discover Major Roadblock in Alleviating Network Congestion

Researchers found congestion control algorithms fail to prevent certain users from taking up all the bandwidth.


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Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

Team Develops Approach for Building Quantum Computers

An interdisciplinary team has developed a method for building quantum computers based on atomic building blocks that are custom-designed by chemists.


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Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors

Mathematical Modeling Could Lead to Simple Blood Test for Brain Tumors

New mathematical models can assess the use of biomarkers for detecting glioblastomas (GBMs) and their potential for improvement.


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IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

IoT RapperBot Malware Targeting Linux Servers via SSH Brute-Forcing Attack

Researchers at FortiGuard Labs reported that an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet malware identified in mid-June has been evolving rapidly.


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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.


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Raising the Ramparts

Raising the Ramparts

Why the enterprise needs military-grade cybersecurity, too.


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Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured

Datacenter Fire: Google Suffers Outage at One of Its Largest Datacenters, 3 Injured

News of yet another datacenter fire in just two years hits Google. Here's how to make sure you're not next.


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Teens, Social Media, and Technology 2022

Teens, Social Media, and Technology 2022

TikTok has established itself as one of the top online platforms for U.S. teens, while the share of teens who use Facebook has fallen sharply.


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U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

U.S. Space Force Tests Robot Dogs to Patrol Cape Canaveral

The U.S. Space Force held a demonstration of dog-like quadruped unmanned ground vehicles for patrols at Cape Canaveral.


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Encrypted One-Touch Human-Machine Interface Technology Reveals User Physiology

Encrypted One-Touch Human-Machine Interface Technology Reveals User Physiology

A team of researchers has developed an encrypted, one-touch human-machine interface that can reveal physiological details about users.


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Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels

Supermarket Food Could Soon Carry Eco-Labels

Consumers could soon be checking the environmental impact of food items through an eco-labeling system based on work by researchers at the U.K.'s Oxford University.


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Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up

Robot Unties Knotted Cables but Can't Pick Them Up

University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) researchers have developed a robot that can untie knotted cables using the grippers on its arms.


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How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

How the Secrets of Ancient Cuneiform Texts Are Being Revealed by AI

Artificial intelligence is being used to read and translate cuneiform, helping to recreate ancient libraries by piecing together fragmented tablets and predicting missing text.


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How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories

How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories

Internet routing data for a service provider in Kherson shows traffic beginning to flow through Russian networks in May before fully transitioning by early June.


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Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

Where Are The Autonomous Cars?

L5 vehicles need at least 10 more years of development.


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Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers

Biden Signs CHIPS Act Into Law, Sending $53 Billion to U.S. Chipmakers

The White House credits the Act for spurring more than $44 billion in new manufacturing plans. But rebuilding the U.S. semiconductor industry will take years.


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NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research--on Mars

Scientists have recruited volunteers to identify clouds on Mars through the Zooniverse, a platform that hosts crowdsourced citizen projects.


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Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Can Foundation Models Help Us Achieve 'Perfect Secrecy'?

Stanford University researchers are exploring whether emerging foundation models can help to realize the highest level of privacy, or "perfect secrecy."


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Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Gootkit Loader Resurfaces with Updated Tactic to Compromise Targeted Computers

Researchers have found the operators of the Gootkit access-as-a-service malware now are using legal documents to get unsuspecting users to download them.


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Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

Crypto and the U.S. Government Are Headed for a Decisive Showdown

The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Ishan Wahi, a former product manager at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange, of insider trading and securities fraud.

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