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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research
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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research

The team says its machine learning model can accurately predict the complex molecular changes that determine a drug's effectiveness.

Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies
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Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies

A multi-institutional team of researchers has devised a framework for analyzing multiancestry genomic studies across multiple biobanks.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
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FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware
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U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware

Yet the threat remains pervasive.

Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC
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Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC

Mordechai Guri at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev transmitted stolen data from a personal computer by manipulating the device's power supply.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear
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Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear

University of Georgia (UGA) scientists have created an ear recognition system that can authenticate individuals with up to 97.25% accuracy.

LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars
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LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars

Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center have developed a LiDAR technique to improve the safety of robotic vehicle landings during future Mars or lunar missions...

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.

Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.
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Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.

Facebook announced a forthcoming test of age verification technologies on its Facebook Dating service in the U.S.

Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring
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Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers used sound waves to power a wireless camera underwater, which could help to map the impact of climate change. ...

'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better
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'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better

New optical-wireless hybrid makes use of existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026
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Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026

Fully autonomous system is no longer planned for initial debut; company aims to sell consumer model by 2026 for under $100,000.

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart
From ACM TechNews

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart

Researchers in China have invented a contactless electrocardiogram system that infers electrical signals through artificial intelligence and millimeter-wave radar...

Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'
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Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'

Scientists used a quantum computer to explore the ultimate escape route from a black hole.

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 
From ACM News

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
From ACM News

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  
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