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December 2019


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3D Scanner Could Increase Accuracy of Surgery

3D Scanner Could Increase Accuracy of Surgery

Researchers have invented a scanner to capture full-field three-dimensional surface-shape data in real time by facilitating three-dimensional capabilities at each camera pixel.


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Producing Glass with a 3D Printer

Producing Glass with a 3D Printer

Researchers employed three-dimensional printing to manufacture complex and porous glass objects using an ultraviolet-light-cured resin.


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Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists discovered a new underwater fault five miles off Monterey Bay, CA, through the use of infrared laser pulses fired along an idle fiber-optic cable.


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Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that is programmable with either photons or electrons.


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Can You Hear Me Now?

Can You Hear Me Now?

Columbia University researchers achieve a meeting of minds on Artificial Intelligence-assisted hearing technology.


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Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Researchers developed a digital tool that generates fabrication instructions and solves problems with techniques from programming languages when users design woodworking projects.


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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their personal data.


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New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

Researchers have developed a streaming technology that will allow a VR headsets to display computer games in extremely high quality.


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Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

A new circuit design enables computing using magnetic waves, rather than electricity.


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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable to intrusion.


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Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket

Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and fit in a pocket.


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Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Attackers Using WhatsApp MP4 Video Files Vulnerability Can Remotely Execute Code

Facebook has reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp messaging software that allows malefactors to conduct denial-of-service or remote code execution attacks.


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AI Moves Into Healthcare

AI Moves Into Healthcare

Artificial intelligence's diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation.


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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.


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China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies

China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies

China has issued rules banning online video and audio providers from generating, distributing, and broadcasting fake news as it cracks down on deepfake technologies.


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Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Researchers have found dark patterns, or deceptive practices employed by user interface designs, frequently used on shopping websites of popular online retailers.


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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.


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Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer

Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer

Researchers created a program to render household items into hand-activated robots using a three-dimensional (3D) printer. 


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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.


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Can a Stealth T-Shirt Foil Digital Spies?

Can a Stealth T-Shirt Foil Digital Spies?

Researchers have designed stealth apparel that renders the wearer invisible to spying computers.


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Malevolent Machine Learning

Malevolent Machine Learning

AI attacks throw light on the nature of deep learning.


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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.


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Regulating Information Technology

Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?