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September 2021


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Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai used a quantum computer to design a quantum bit that could power better quantum systems.


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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Experiments by Columbia University researchers have considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample f0r evaluation.


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Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Cybersecurity experts see exchanges as a weak point for ransomware gangs that otherwise operate wholly in on the Internet, all but untouchable by law enforcement.


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Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Drivers glanced less at the road and more on "non-driving related areas."


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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.


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Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Technology training company O'Reilly surveyed U.K. and U.S. software developers to assess trends in the data and artificial intelligence sectors.


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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult for consumers.


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Here Comes the Rain Again

Here Comes the Rain Again

Using machine learning to better forecast floods.


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Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Counterfeit, Substandard Chips are Penetrating the Supply Chain, Industry Insiders Warn

Many electronic manufacturers are turning to risky supply channels to meet demand.


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Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights

Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights

States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, said U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.


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City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built

City-Wide Quantum Data Network in China Is Largest Ever Built

China has been running a city-wide quantum communications network in Hefei, the largest quantum network demonstration built to date, for almost three years.


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More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines

More Shark-Spotting Drones, Drumlines Added to NSW Coastlines

Australia's New South Wales will spend AU$21.4 million (US$15.4 million) to expand its shark management program with drones, drumlines, and beach-monitoring stations.


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NASA Sends Robots to Study Climate Change in the Arctic

NASA Sends Robots to Study Climate Change in the Arctic

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration dispatched two robots to the Arctic in early July to collect sea surface temperature data.


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Unlimited Digital Sensing Unleashed for Imaging, Audio, Driverless Cars

Unlimited Digital Sensing Unleashed for Imaging, Audio, Driverless Cars

A new method could support unlimited digital sensing.


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Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps

Smart Reporting Tool Could Combat Fake News on Encrypted Chat Apps

Researchers at George Washington University say they have built a tool that would allow users to expose fake news without endangering their privacy. The Fuzzy Anonymous Complaint Tally System (FACTS) would let users report a


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Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real

Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real

The AI100 project is designed to track trends in artificial intelligence over the course of a century.


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The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

The Battle for Digital Privacy Is Reshaping the Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.


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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural sector.


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3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages

3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages

A new low-cost sensor device can detect and quantify the herbicide glyphosate in liquids.


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Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

Researchers at China's Tianjin University have devised a methodology that automatically generates clear images through murky water.


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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.


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Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

A 35-foot-long tugboat carrying passengers will embark from Hamburg, Germany, on a 1,000-nautical-mile (1,150-mile) autonomous voyage around Denmark.


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Why Hackers Love Smart Buildings

Why Hackers Love Smart Buildings

Internet-connected devices and systems are making buildings more efficient but also vulnerable to cyberattacks.


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U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression

U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression

Experts fear the Taliban could exploit expansive databases built by the U.S. and its allies during the Afghanistan occupation as tools for surveillance and repression.


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Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Professor Helps Achieve Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Develops theory behind record-setting experiment for most accurate entangling gate ever demonstrated without lasers


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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line


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UN Human Rights Commissioner Urges Moratorium on AI System Sale, Use

UN Human Rights Commissioner Urges Moratorium on AI System Sale, Use

Says artificial intelligence risks to privacy and other rights demand urgent action


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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close Spyware Flaw

Apple released emergency security patches after researchers in Canada found a flaw that allows spyware from Israel's NSO Group to infect any Apple product.


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Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italy Data Authority Asks Facebook for Clarifications on Smart Glasses

Italian data protection authority Garante has asked Facebook to provide it with clarifications related to its newly launched smart glasses, to determine their compliance with privacy laws.


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AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

A computer model developed by researchers at New York’s University of Albany can determine whether an image of a face is a deepfake by examining its pupils.