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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom
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Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data
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No Credit Score? No Problem! Just Hand Over More Data

To determine your risk, start-ups are applying technology to data points as various as your college and the mileage on the used car you want to buy.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.
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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

Joana Bruno at Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona digitally replicated the faces of 36 people buried at the ancient European settlement of La Almoloya. ...

Can a Machine Learn Morality?
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Can a Machine Learn Morality?

Morality is a thorny issue for machines, as scientists learned in testing Delphi, a system programmed to make moral judgments.

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?
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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible...

How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps
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How to Map a Fly Brain in 20 Million Easy Steps

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus and Google have been mapping the fruit fly brain connectome since 2014.

Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin
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Behold, the Worm Blob and Its Computerized Twin

A multi-institutional team of scientists devised a computer model for the study of worm blob dynamics.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch
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'Potentially Disastrous' Data Breach Hits Livestreaming Site Twitch

A spokesman for Check Point said it was the company's "strong suspicion" that Twitch's code had truly been leaked, which was "potentially disastrous."

Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook
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Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked...

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community
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How an 11-Foot-Tall 3D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in...

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?
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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try
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Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington
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Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington

The boom in companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts is disrupting the banking industry and leaving regulators scrambling to catch...

Japan Needs a Lot More Tech Workers. Can It Find a Place for Women?
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Japan Needs a Lot More Tech Workers. Can It Find a Place for Women?

As Japan faces a severe shortage of technology workers and engineering students, efforts are being made to encourage women to enter these fields.

Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?
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Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.
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