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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone
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How to Find Hidden Spy Cameras with a Smartphone

Scientists have developed a smartphone application that can find tiny spy cameras concealed in everyday objects, using smartphones' time-of-flight sensor.

Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire
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Croatia's Seed-Scattering Drones Replant Forests Hurt by Fire

Flying drones are dispersing seeds in Croatia to replant hard-to-reach fire-damaged forests.

Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality
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Sundance 'Biodigital' Film Festival Will Try to Bridge Gap Between VR, Reality

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, plans to expand its virtual interactive venue, The Spaceship, as part of its New Frontier exhibition.

Kids, Teens Believe Girls Not Interested in CS: Study
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Kids, Teens Believe Girls Not Interested in CS: Study

Researchers found that the majority of children surveyed believe girls are less interested than boys in computer science and engineering.

 Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats
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Happy Hacksgiving: Officials Warn of a Surge of Cyber Threats

Government agencies are also warning companies and consumers to be on guard against holiday attacks.

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.

Bank regulators released a ‘road map’ for crypto regulation that is short on details.
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Bank regulators released a ‘road map’ for crypto regulation that is short on details.

Banks have been clamoring for more information from their regulators in recent months about how they can safely participate in cryptocurrency markets.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones
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Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking to Block Its Access to iPhones

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of "flagrant" violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education
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Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education

"There is an urgent need to increase the number of women entering STEM and IT fields," said Monash University Faculty of IT Interim Dean Professor Ann Nicholson...

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...

EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms
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EU Pharmaceutical Giants Run Vulnerable Apps, Fail to Use Encryption in Login Forms

New research warns 80% of the European Union's top pharmaceutical companies are "critically exposed" to cyberattack due to poor security postures.

Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans
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Model Translates Heart Research Findings From Animals to Humans

Scientists have developed a predictive computer model that expresses animal cardiac research as human-specific insights.

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. ...

Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant
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Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant

Korean giant picks Taylor, just outside existing Austin base.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access
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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access

The new 'Searchable Museum' will bring a trove of artifacts, stories, and images to the Internet.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future
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Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future

Two robot waiters serve diners at the White Fox restaurant in Mosul, Iraq.
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