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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier
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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

U.S., U.K., and Portuguese researchers combined classical ray tracing algorithms with quantum computing to improve ray tracing performance as much as 190%.

Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning
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Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning

Officials in Barcelona, Spain, are using the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's MareNostrum supercomputer to improve urban planning with a digital twin of the city...

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices
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Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census
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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second
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Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Researchers have developed a technique for automatically detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks in under a second.

Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says
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Chinese Hackers Tried to Steal Russian Defense Data, Report Says

The campaign detailed by a cybersecurity firm highlights Beijing's increasingly sophisticated tactics to spy on an array of targets, including countries it considers...

Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life
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Finding the Branches on the Tree of Life

The new Deep Learning for Unsupervised Clustering of DNA Sequences technique draws taxonomic relationships between organisms via unsupervised machine learning. ...

Seeing is Deceiving
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Seeing is Deceiving

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo trained algorithms on self-blended images to better spot deepfake images and video.

Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals
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Smart Pacifier Developed to Monitor Infant Health in Hospitals

U.S. and South Korean researchers have designed a bioelectronic pacifier to monitor the electrolyte levels of infants in Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs).

Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies
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Online Retail Images Reveal Skin Tone Discrepancies

Cornell University researchers uncovered discrepancies in the skin tones of models as depicted in online retail images.

The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Expanding the use of biometrics in device interfaces.

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences
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Widely Available AI Could Have Deadly Consequences

U.S. researchers' "Dr. Evil project" proves drug discovery AI could be used to create biochemical weapons.

Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks
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Cyber Insurers Raise Rates Amid a Surge in Costly Hacks

Insurance market resets after a ransomware boom and the threat of spillover from Ukraine.

Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies
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Russian Hacking Cartel Attacks Costa Rican Government Agencies

Two former officials said the hackers were able to gain access to taxpayers' information and interrupt Costa Rica's tax collection process.

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change
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A Year Later, Biden's Cybersecurity Executive Order Driving Positive Change

Experts say the cybersecurity executive order has improved the nation's security posture, but more work is to be done.

Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data
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Using AI to Analyze Large Amounts of Biological Data

A graph neural network could speed the development of drugs to treat cancer and other diseases.

Finding the Fairness in AI
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Finding the Fairness in AI

Algorithmic fairness is more or less obtainable, depending on how you measure it.

What's Down the Road for Silicon?
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What's Down the Road for Silicon?

Meet the new materials overpowering the electric economy.  
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