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May 2022


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Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.


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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.


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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

U.S., U.K., and Portuguese researchers combined classical ray tracing algorithms with quantum computing to improve ray tracing performance as much as 190%.


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Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Researchers have developed a technique for automatically detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks in under a second.


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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers friends.


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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

The new Deep Learning for Unsupervised Clustering of DNA Sequences technique draws taxonomic relationships between organisms via unsupervised machine learning.


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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

A team of scientists in Japan has developed a multitasking weather sensor that measures rain volumes and wind speeds.


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Seeing is Deceiving

Seeing is Deceiving

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo trained algorithms on self-blended images to better spot deepfake images and video.


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'The Way Things Were': How ACM Is Opening the Doors to Its Archives

'The Way Things Were': How ACM Is Opening the Doors to Its Archives

ACM, in the midst of both a landmark celebration and a broader open-access initiative, is putting its history online for anyone to access.


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Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how cancer could elevate the probability of spinal fractures by creating digital twins of patients' vertebrae.


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Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

U.S. and South Korean researchers have designed a bioelectronic pacifier to monitor the electrolyte levels of infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).


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Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates

Laser Bursts Drive Fastest-Ever Logic Gates

Researchers have created the fastest logic gate to date, powered by laser-generated ultrafast bursts of electricity.


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Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.


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The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Expanding the use of biometrics in device interfaces.


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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.


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Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Insurance market resets after a ransomware boom and the threat of spillover from Ukraine.


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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.


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Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks

Algorithm Trained to Detect Unhappiness on Social Networks

Scientists have created a deep learning algorithm that analyzes social network content to help diagnose users' potential for mental health problems.


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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.


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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.


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Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Robot Hives in Israel Kibbutz Hope to Keep Bees Buzzing

Artificial intelligence-equipped apiaries at Kibbutz Beit Haemek in Israel's Galilee region are designed to maintain bee health.


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3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

3D-Printed Acoustic Holograms Against Alzheimer's or Parkinson's

A team of researchers has created customizable, three-dimensionally-printed acoustic holograms that could be used to treat diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.


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Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?

Is This Another Tech Bubble Bursting?

And should you, a normal person, care?


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Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis

Scientists Create Algae Computer Powered by Photosynthesis

Forget your water-cooled PC — this one runs on pond scum.


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A Quick Guide to the Most Important AI Law You've Never Heard Of

A Quick Guide to the Most Important AI Law You've Never Heard Of

The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.


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A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

Experts say the cybersecurity executive order has improved the nation's security posture, but more work is to be done.


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Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.


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Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race

Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race

Intel has disclosed more information about the Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) standard.


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Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid

Computational Sleuthing Confirms First 3D Quantum Spin Liquid

U.S. and German physicists have validated single crystals of cerium zirconium pyrochlore as a three-dimensional quantum spin liquid.


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Finding the Fairness in AI

Finding the Fairness in AI

Algorithmic fairness is more or less obtainable, depending on how you measure it.