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Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance
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Trust Still at Heart of NHS COVID App Reluctance

A survey of more than 1,000 U.K. residents showed high compliance among the half of participants who had downloaded the National Health Service App.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
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FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software
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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software

Google's Open Source Security Team is starting with a $1-million investment, and plans to expand the program's scope based on community feedback.

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow
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Post-Quantum Cryptography: Protecting Today from Tomorrow

Crafting more difficult algorithms to protect secrets so they are resilient to future quantum computers is creating, in effect, post-quantum cryptography.

Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training
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Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Stanford University scientists found training is critical for reaping the benefits of exoskeleton use.

Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number
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Government Secretly Orders Google To Identify Anyone Who Has Searched A Name, Address, Telephone Number

The U.S. government is secretly ordering Google to provide data on anyone typing in certain search terms, an accidentally unsealed court document shows.

Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew
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Facebook Is Weaker Than We Knew

A trove of leaked documents, published by The Wall Street Journal, hints at a company whose best days are behind it.

Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook
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Gone in Minutes, Out for Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked...

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence
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X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence

Technology has retrieved secret correspondence from French queen Marie-Antoinette to Swedish count Axel von Fersen, that a censor blotted out with dark ink.

Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws
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Widely Used Bitcoin ATMs Have Major Security Flaws

Security researchers at crypto exchange Kraken warn that many bitcoin ATMs contain serious vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit.

Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane
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Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane

An uncrewed surface vehicle built by California-based company Saildrone shot video from inside a hurricane.

Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid
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Tying Quantum Computing to AI Prompts Smarter Power Grid

Combining quantum computing with artificial intelligence could lead to the rapid diagnosis and identification of remedies for electrical grid problems.

Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?
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Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?

Women who pioneered them weigh in.

In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law
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In the Face of Neurotechnology Advances, Chile Passes 'Neuro Rights' Law

Chile has become the first country to pass a "neuro rights" law that establishes the rights of individuals to personal identity, free will, and mental privacy. ...

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations
From ACM TechNews

Smartphone Motion Sensors Could Be Used to Listen to Phone Conversations

Smartphone accelerometers could be used to eavesdrop on phone conversations, according to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers.

DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes
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DeepMind AI Can Accurately Predict if it Will Rain in Next 90 Minutes

Artificial intelligence can forecast extremely short-term rainfall more accurately than current models.

Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups
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Lack of Access to Computer Science Resources, Not Lack of Interest, Negatively Impacts Students from Underrepresented Groups

A Gallup study found that at U.S. public and private schools that offer computer science classes, 68% of students are interested in them.

Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms
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Open Wearables Initiative Highlights Standards in Open Source Algorithms

A new program of the Open Wearables Initiative is designed to identify open source algorithms that may become de facto industry standards.

LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing
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LLNL Explores Laser Beam Shaping to Improve Metal 3D Printing

Researchers found that using Bessel beams reduced the likelihood of pore formation and "keyholing" in laser powder bed fusion, a high-power laser printing process...
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