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A Revolution in Haptics
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A Revolution in Haptics

New technology solutions allow users to 'touch' the virtual.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Physical Systems Perform ML Computations
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Physical Systems Perform ML Computations

Cornell University researchers have trained physical systems to execute generic machine learning computations.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

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...

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...

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.

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. ...

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.

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.

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.

Solving for Why
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Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger
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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger

Advancements in AI, machine learning, and next-gen technologies are transforming the fight against world hunger.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures
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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

Researchers designed a robotic "twin" of a human spine so surgeons can predict how interventions play out before surgery.
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