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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones
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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones

The AquaApp mobile interface developed by University of Washington (UW) researchers facilitates underwater messaging using acoustic signals.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...

Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It
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Computer Runs Calculations Depending on How You Squish It

Pennsylvania State University researchers built a soft computer from rows of rubber blocks that performs different calculations based on how it is squished.

5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable
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5G Networks Are Worryingly Hackable

German security researchers determined 5G networks can be hacked, having breached and hijacked live networks in a series of "red teaming" exercises.

Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics
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Researchers Design Inks for 3D-Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

A newly developed class of biomaterial inks exhibit the same characteristics as highly conductive human tissue like skin.

'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC
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'Quantum-Safe' Crypto Hacked by 10-Year-Old PC

Many challenges still lie ahead for post-quantum cryptography.

AI In Your Ears
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AI In Your Ears

Binaural learning enhances speech while minimizing noise.

Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign
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Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign

It was the first time that an influence operation promoting U.S. interests abroad had been discovered and taken down from the social media platforms.

Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power
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Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power

British researchers and a team from Google found that teaching people how to spot misinformation made people more skeptical of it.

Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People
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Oracle Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Tracking 5 Billion People

A class-action lawsuit against U.S. multinational technology company Oracle claims it tracks and collects personal information on billions of people.

Watch NIST's 'Atomic Television' Live and in Color
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Watch NIST's 'Atomic Television' Live and in Color

Scientists have enhanced an atom-based radio receiver to detect and display live color TV and videogames.

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
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Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

The Road to 6G
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The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'
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Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'

MIT engineers have devised a wearable sensor that communicates wirelessly without requiring onboard chips or batteries.

Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack
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Zoom Used In Smuggled Code Attack

Google Project Zero security researcher Ivan Fratric launched a remote code execution attack by exploiting the technology underlying Zoom and other applications...
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