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January 2022


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German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage

German Factory Fire Could Worsen Global Chip Shortage

ASML is the sole provider of the extreme ultraviolet lithography machines used by TSMC, Samsung and other chip makers.


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Predicting the Future of COVID

Predicting the Future of COVID

A new analytical tool developed by a research team led by biologists at Boston College uses quantum mechanical modeling to predict future mutations of SARS-CoV-2.


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A License to Print Houses

A License to Print Houses

Three-dimensionally-printed homes are starting to catch on.


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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal.


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Top Programming Languages: Coding Favorite Tops List Again

Top Programming Languages: Coding Favorite Tops List Again

Python has topped software testing outfit Tiobe's programming language list for the second year in a row, as it was awarded the title of programming language of the year.


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Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts

Journals Adopt AI to Spot Duplicated Images in Manuscripts

At least four publishers are using artificial intelligence to vet manuscripts for duplicate images.


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Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices

Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices

A honeypot experiment has clarified hackers' goals in targeting Internet of Things devices.


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The Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

The Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

Rigetti Computing has announced a new development in quantum computing, unlocking a third quantum state, called qutrits.


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The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm

The Battle to Prevent Another January 6 Features a New Weapon: The Algorithm

A year after the attack on the Capitol, data scientists say artificial intelligence can help forecast insurrection — with some big concerns.


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Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

Singapore Engineers Build Robotic Fingers with Delicate Grip

National University of Singapore engineers have constructed a robotic hand that can grasp various objects using three-dimensionally-printed fingers.


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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People, Steal Cars?

Concerns are mounting as Apple's location-tracking AirTag devices are being found on people's cars and in their belongings, giving rise to fears of stalking.


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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention.


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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

A new recycling facility near Helsinki, Finland, can process as much as 120,000 metric tons of construction waste per year with the help of robots.


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Reimagining AI

Reimagining AI

How values-driven artificial intelligence can reshape the way we communicate.


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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone.


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Delivering Smart Warehouses

Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.


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Simple, Accurate, Efficient: Improving How Computers Recognize Hand Gestures

Simple, Accurate, Efficient: Improving How Computers Recognize Hand Gestures

Zhiyi Yu and colleagues at China's Sun Yat-sen University have developed a hand gesture recognition algorithm for easy application in consumer-level devices.


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AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery

AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery

Cornell University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that aims to speed up the process of materials discovery.


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Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.


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Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'

Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.


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MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban

MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban

"Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me," Greene (R-GA) wrote on Gettr, a social media platform favored by some right-wing conservatives.


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Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts

Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts

A dozen mathematicians and data scientists claim to have used advanced computational technology to generate fair political redistricting maps for Minnesota.


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China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025

China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025

China has unveiled a five-year plan to become a global leader in automated manufacturing by realizing 20% minimum annual growth in robotics sales and doubling its robot density.


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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured by the app.


From Communications of the ACM

Monetizing Your Personal Data

Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?


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Converting Laws to Programs

Converting Laws to Programs

In highly regulated industries, it is critical that laws are translated precisely into code that reflects their intent.


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Shrinking Artificial Intelligence

Shrinking Artificial Intelligence

Energy concerns push AI optimizations to the edge.

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