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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs
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Gaming-Related Malware on the Rise on Mobile, PCs

Analysts warn that popular online games are helping to spread malware on PCs and mobile devices.

Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms
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Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms

Microsoft’s DeepMC framework uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict local weather.

Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade
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Intel's Neuromorphic Chip Gets Major Upgrade

Loihi 2 packs 1 million neurons in a chip half the size of its predecessor.

Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns
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Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable.

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail
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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.

Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM
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Researchers Tap Antiferromagnets for Better RAM

An international team of scientists has discovered that antiferromagnets could make computer memory significantly faster and more efficient.

Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients
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Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients

Uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke

Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies
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Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies

IEEE Spectrum's 2021 interactive rankings of the top programming languages lists Python as the platform of choice for new technologies. The continued dominance...

Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut
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Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut

A new robotic insulin delivery system can be implanted surgically in the abdomen, and resupplied with insulin via swallowed magnetic capsules.

Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood
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Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood

A three-dimensionally-printed microscope could detect COVID-19 in a drop of blood through the use of digital holographic microscopy and deep learning.

Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be
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Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be

A robotic eel designed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne can swim through water and receive sensory data while in motion.

Nothing Can Keep This Drone Down
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Nothing Can Keep This Drone Down

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a self-righting drone inspired by ladybugs.

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow's exascale computers.

Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors
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Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors
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Cerebras' New Monster AI Chip Adds 1.4 Trillion Transistors

Shift to 7-nanometer process boosts the second-generation chip's transistor count to a mind-boggling 2.6 trillion.

For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It
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For the First Time, Scientists Detect a Moving Photon Multiple Times Without Destroying It

A boon for all things quantum.

To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test
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To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test

New drone rules for recreational pilots.

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Brain-Computer Interface Smashes Previous Record for Typing Speed
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Brain-Computer Interface Smashes Previous Record for Typing Speed

Imagining writing-by-hand is faster than imagining moving a cursor in new BCI system.

Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo
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Digital Nose Stimulation Enables Smelling in Stereo

Researchers at the University of Chicago (UChicago) have developed a wireless, nose-worn device that can enable directional smell using tiny electrical impulses...
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