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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
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World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

In Memoriam: Alexander Fraser
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In Memoriam: Alexander Fraser

The projects he worked on or oversaw had a huge impact, either directly or indirectly.

Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm
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Scientists Expand Entomological Research Using Genome Editing Algorithm

A team of scientists from Japan's Hiroshima University, the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, and the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences...

U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway
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U.K. Project Will Create 165-Mile Drone Superhighway

The U.K. government has approved plans for Skyway, a 165-mile drone superhighway that will connect towns across England and be used to survey infrastructure such...

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
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BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
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'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Data Scientists Identify Lakes, Reservoirs Around the World
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Data Scientists Identify Lakes, Reservoirs Around the World

Data scientists led an interdisciplinary team that developed a first-of-its kind comprehensive global dataset of the Earth's lakes and reservoirs.

Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour
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Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour

Researchers taught a four-legged, dog-sized robot to walk in one hour with the help of a Bayesian optimization algorithm.

Inside China's Scramble to Overcome Microchip Crunch
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Inside China's Scramble to Overcome Microchip Crunch

With global supplies tight, brokers are playing an outsize role in securing key components.

What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers
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What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers

A future-proof way to encrypt sensitive data is now available. Put it to use.

Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill
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Chip Investment Decisions Await Congressional Action on $52 Billion Funding Bill

Political wrangling slows progress on what began as bipartisan effort to restore America's semiconductor production prowess.

NIST Promotes Testbed to Address Threats Targeting ML Systems
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NIST Promotes Testbed to Address Threats Targeting ML Systems

NIST's National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has demonstrated an experimental testbed to address cybersecurity threats targeting machine learning algorithms...

In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones
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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones

Drones are in high demand among both Ukrainians and Russians as the war continues.

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Raising the Voices of the Dead
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Raising the Voices of the Dead

Experts urge caution in using AI agents to simulate dead people.

Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist
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Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist

New work led by several universities, including Johns Hopkins, shows neural networks built from biased Internet data teach robots to enact toxic stereotypes.

What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do
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What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do

Artificial intelligence programs that learn to write and speak can sound almost human—but they can't think creatively like a small child can.

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans
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Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans

Researchers have developed a glove inspired by an octopus for securely gripping objects underwater.

'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs
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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs

The "Retbleed" flaw targets older AMD and Intel central processing units as a channel for Spectre-based speculative-execution attacks.
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