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Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024
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Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024

Researchers at China's Tsinghua University predicted Chinese bitcoin mining will emit roughly 130 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere by 2024.

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds
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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.

How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa
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How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa

Last month, researchers reported using a new technique to figure out how genes are expressed in individual cells and how those cells interact in people who had...

A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode
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A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode

Moore's Law is dead, right? Think again.

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor
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Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers
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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.

Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain
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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant...

Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes
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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

A robot is using ultraviolet light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes, in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab...

Tim Cook's 5-Word Response to Facebook Is Brutal and Brilliant at the Same Time
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Tim Cook's 5-Word Response to Facebook Is Brutal and Brilliant at the Same Time

Apple's CEO is clear that he isn't making decisions based on what's best for Facebook, but for Apple and its customers.

IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab
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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies...

Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI
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Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI

Artificial intelligence increasingly is being used to forecast demand more accurately, in order to optimize supply chains.

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency
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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.

The State of Quantum Computing
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The State of Quantum Computing

Recent developments in the field may signal quantum technology will soon be ready for prime time.

How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?
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How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?

Artificial intelligence can make the government more efficient and effective. But first, it has to hire the people who can make it all happen.

Surveillance Nation
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Surveillance Nation

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches, often without the knowledge of the public or their own departments...

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

Chip Industry Battle Royal: Arm Throws Down the Gauntlet at Intel’s Feet
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Chip Industry Battle Royal: Arm Throws Down the Gauntlet at Intel’s Feet

Arm Ltd. has announced version 9 of its architecture. What does it mean for the semiconductor industry?

This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again
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This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again

Apple's Objective-C finally exits the top 20 list of popular programming languages tracked by Tiobe, but a 'dinosaur' language has had an unexpected boost.

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain...
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