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October 2021


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Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws

Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws

Security researchers at crypto exchange Kraken warn that many bitcoin ATMs contain serious vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.


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Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Stanford University scientists found training is critical for reaping the benefits of exoskeleton use.


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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.


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X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence

X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence

Technology has retrieved secret correspondence from French queen Marie-Antoinette to Swedish count Axel von Fersen, that a censor blotted out with dark ink.


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Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?

Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?

Women who pioneered them weigh in.


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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.


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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.


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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy.


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Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.


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Algorithmic Poverty

Algorithmic Poverty

Algorithms can have a devastating impact on people's lives, especially if they already are struggling economically.


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A Switch in Time

A Switch in Time

The introduction of the nanosheet transistor is just one step in the continuing attempt to stick to the spirit of Moore's Law.


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Flatter Chips

Flatter Chips

Two-dimensional materials — graphene and its cousins — could enable better integrated circuits.

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