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Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits
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Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits

Rice University's Dan Wallach, working with Matthew Bernhard at nonprofit VotingWorks, found risk-limiting audits can be used to confirm election outcomes.

'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton
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'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton

Mexico's Association for People with Cerebral Palsy plans to use the Atlas 2030 pediatric exoskeleton to help at least 200 children with cerebral palsy.

'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads
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'Deepfakes' of Celebrities Appearing in Ads

Deepfakes of celebrities have started to appear in ads, with and without their consent.

Texas Attorney General Sues Google for Compiling Texans' Biometric Data
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Texas Attorney General Sues Google for Compiling Texans' Biometric Data

The lawsuit claims Google illegally collects and indefinitely stores information about Texans' facial geometry and voiceprints without their consent.

How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?
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How Can Digital Data Stored as DNA Be Manipulated?

Researchers leveraged enzymes, artificial neurons, and neural networks to retrieve or manipulate digital data stored as DNA.

AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt
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AI-Powered Material Can Learn Behaviors, Adapt

Mechanical engineers have developed an artificial intelligence-powered material that learns behaviors over time, and can adjust to changing circumstances.

Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s
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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s

A new website allows users to sift through 91.7 million computer files from CD-ROM releases and floppy discs dating back to the 1980s.

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Applying the Metaverse
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Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.

Go Backward, Save Energy
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Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.

Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers aim to make electric vehicles more appealing to drivers by improving access to charging stations via a game theory-based...

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?
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Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?

A three-dimensional printing method developed by scientists at Japan's Osaka University can embed edible quick response codes inside food.

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

Facebook Parent Meta Admits Defeat after GIPHY Deal is Blocked by U.K. Regulators
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Facebook Parent Meta Admits Defeat after GIPHY Deal is Blocked by U.K. Regulators

Citing the risk of a substantial lessening of competition in social media and display advertising, the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority said Meta must sell...

Workers Strike at Apple's Core in Unprecedented Industrial Action
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Workers Strike at Apple's Core in Unprecedented Industrial Action

Retail and Fast Food Workers Union secretary Josh Cullinan said his union's members had stepped up "where no other retail workers in Australian history have gone"...

Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid
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Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid

Warehouse workers near Albany vote against forming a union by nearly two to one margin.

Deep Learning is Human, Through and Through
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Deep Learning is Human, Through and Through

At the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a diverse panel of researchers discussed the applications and implications of deep learning.

ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science
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ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science

The Energy Sciences Network has rolled out the latest generation of the U.S. Department of Energy's high-performance science network, dubbed ESnet6.

Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease
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Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

A new machine learning algorithm aims to improve the diagnosis of people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers
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Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Ride-hailing firm Lyft announced it was testing an earnings algorithm so drivers in 18 U.S. cities can view destination and pay details before accepting requests...
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