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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!
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What Does a Forehand Winner Sound Like? Clink, Blip-Blip-Blip!

At the Australian Open tennis tournament, new technology is translating the movement of the ball into sounds to help blind and low-vision fans follow the action...

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?
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Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown rich off big ideas developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin
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Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin

Bitcoin is theoretically vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, but calculations show they would need to be a million times larger than those that exist today...

AI Model Helps Discover Causes of Motor Neuron Disease
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AI Model Helps Discover Causes of Motor Neuron Disease

A new machine learning model has identified 690 risk genes for motor neuron disease.

Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering
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Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering

Engineers have closed the gap between experimental and computer sciences to better predict peptide structures with a molecular framework.

I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.
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I.M.F. Urges El Salvador to End its Embrace of Crypto as Bitcoin Tumbles.

The price of Bitcoin has fallen more than 50% from its peak in November, which could prove costly for institutions that have bought into digital currencies.

Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks
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Researchers Use Mobile Device Data to Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Yale School of Public Health researchers used location information from mobile devices to accurately forecast COVID-19 outbreaks in Connecticut municipalities. ...

Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release
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Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release

The U.S. Department of Justice found persistent flaws in an algorithm used to qualify low-risk federal prisoners for early release.

AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack
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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

The system—which has 70% to 80% accuracy—predicts if patients are at risk of a heart attack over the next year.

White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months
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White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months

"Congress must act," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics
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Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics

FLoC, Google's project for replacing cookies for interest-based advertising, is dead.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

Controlling Complex Systems with AI
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Controlling Complex Systems with AI

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can solve complex control problems.

Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write
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Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write

Teachers are given more freedom for creative and communicative tasks.

Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege
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Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege

Complaints allege the company has deployed 'dark patterns,' design tricks that can subtly influence users' decisions in ways that are advantageous for a business...

Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test
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Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test

Levels of 14 proteins in the blood of critically ill COVID-19 patients are associated with survival.

AI's Potential Boon to Businesses
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AI's Potential Boon to Businesses

E-commerce companies can more efficiently organize products and help customers find what they want with artificial intelligence.
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