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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help
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Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Researchers have simulated the way each leg of a spider functions as a semi-independent "computer," with sensors that trigger movements based on environmental readings...

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Just Think: The Outlook for BCI
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Just Think: The Outlook for BCI

Where Brain-Computer Interfaces are headed.

White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office
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White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

The White House's new National AI Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal Government's efforts to maintain its leadership position in artificial intelligence...

Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips
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Programming Languages: Python Rules While Java Dips

Software-quality tracking company Tiobe named Python 2020's top programming language because its popularity outgrew that of all other languages in its index last...

Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability
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Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability

Neuroscientists have developed a model that enables artificial intelligence software to function more like a human brain and learn new visual concepts more quickly...

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages
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Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

A global shortage of computer chips has hit automakers worldwide, a problem compounded by spiking demand for new cars.

CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years
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CES Goes Full Pandemic with Smart Masks, Stickers to Detect Covid, Biggest Wi-Fi Update in Years

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show is highlighting innovations spurred by Covid-19.

As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector
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As Coronavirus Cases Surge, So Do Cyberattacks Against the Healthcare Sector

Cybersecurity firm Check Point found a 45% increase in cyberattacks against the global healthcare sector since November, versus a 22% uptick against all worldwide...

An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts
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An Avalanche of Violence: Analysis Reveals Predictable Patterns in Armed Conflicts

An armed conflict model developed by researchers explains how such conflicts spread geographically, with violent interactions growing temporally and spatially in...

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?
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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed,...

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain
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Scientists Paint Multicolor Atlas of the Brain

A novel technique developed by Columbia University researchers helped to map neural network dynamics in the C. elegans worm.

Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures
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Rediscovering RISC-V: Apple M1 sparks renewed interest in non-x86 architectures

With the runaway success of the new ARM-based M1 Macs, non-x86 architectures are getting their closeup. RISC-V is getting the most attention from system designers...

Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day
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Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day

Two types of autonomous robot foresters developed by Estonia's University of Tartu and robot manufacturer Milrem are planting trees from Milrem's driverless ground...
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