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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards
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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered...

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms
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Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

The Ninth Circuit's decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers, and journalists who use tools to collect, or scrape, information that is publicly...

Éva Tardos Named ACM Athena Lecturer For Technical and Mentoring Contributions
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Éva Tardos Named ACM Athena Lecturer For Technical and Mentoring Contributions

Cornell University professor made significant contributions in many areas of theoretical computer science.

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
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Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers
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A 2020 Ransomware Attack is Still Harming Baltimore Teachers

A glitch that affects up to 9,000 retirees is one of the longest-lasting effects of the devastating ransomware attack that cost the district roughly $10 million...

The Tech Bubble That Never Burst
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The Tech Bubble That Never Burst

Today's warnings are different from those of the last decade. Investors tiptoe around the word "bubble," referring instead to a "recalibration," a "pullback" or...

Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small
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Want to 3D-Print a Kidney? Start by Thinking Small

Scientists have developed microfludic-enabled three-dimensional (3D) printing of organs.

AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes
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AF2Complex: Researchers Leverage Deep Learning to Predict Physical Interactions of Protein Complexes

Researchers built a deep learning model to predict the biologically active structure of proteins and protein complexes.

Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles
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Feel the Attraction of Zwitterionic Janus Particles

Researchers have simulated the electrostatic self-configuration of zwitterionic Janus nanoparticles.

Ancient Namibian Gemstone Holds Key to Future Quantum Computers
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Ancient Namibian Gemstone Holds Key to Future Quantum Computers

Hamid Ohadi of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews said: "Making a quantum simulator with light is the holy grail of science."

U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group
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U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group

The hacking incident occurred in March 2022, resulting in the theft of more than $600 million in Ethereum and USDC stablecoins.

Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets
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Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets

Even the smallest window of opportunity for snooping cab pose a threat to the intellectual property and privacy of neural architectures.

How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens
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How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The inside story of the world's most notorious commercial spyware and the big tech companies waging war against it.

Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green
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Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University found driverless cars could be fooled into seeing red traffic lights as green.

Quantum Computing Ambition: Japan Aims for 10 Million Users by 2030
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Quantum Computing Ambition: Japan Aims for 10 Million Users by 2030

Japan has unveiled plans to bring its first domestic quantum computer online by next March, and to have 30 million users by 2030.

Tool Could Predict How at Risk Your Job is From Automation
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Tool Could Predict How at Risk Your Job is From Automation

Scientists  have designed an algorithm to predict the extent to which specific occupations are at risk from automation.

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms
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Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms

The Dutch tax authority ruined thousands of lives after using an algorithm to spot suspected benefits fraud — and critics say there is little stopping it from happening...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases
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How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.
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