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Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There
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Why Captions Are Suddenly Everywhere and How They Got There

Captions are becoming more widely available to people with hearing loss who use videoconferencing platforms, streaming services, social media video, and smartphone...

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients
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App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients

CLL-Pre-Diagnostic Lymphocytosis app helps doctors ID people at risk of infection following diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI
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Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI

The team named the combination of data from different MRI methods with multiclass machine learning 'radiophysiomics.'

MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System
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MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A general-purpose optimizer aims to speed development of autonomous robotic systems by using an optimization code that automatically determines how to boost performance...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers
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AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers

GitHub Copilot, launched last week, acts like a predictive-text feature to help ease the process of writing long lines of computer code.

Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania
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Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania

Global Internet access monitor NetBlocks confirmed that several government networks were disrupted alongside public and private internet infrastructure.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight
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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Fireflies inspired researchers to build flying, light-emitting robots that facilitate motion tracking and communication.

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways
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By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways

Intelligent beings learn by interacting with the world. Artificial intelligence researchers have adopted a similar strategy to teach their virtual agents new skills...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'
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