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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Quantum Computer Helps Ford Find Better EV Battery Materials
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Quantum Computer Helps Ford Find Better EV Battery Materials

Quantum researchers at Ford modeled crucial electric vehicle battery materials using a quantum computer.

Cambridge Researchers Develop VR Tool for Cancer Treatment
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Cambridge Researchers Develop VR Tool for Cancer Treatment

Video game designers and cancer researchers have teamed up at the University of Cambridge's IMAXT Laboratory to turn spreadsheet data into highly detailed virtual...

Europe Taps Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes
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Europe Taps Power-Hungry Data Centers to Heat Homes

Looking to provide recycled heat, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft have started connecting, or announced plans to connect, major data centers to district heating systems...

Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value
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Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value

Universities are struggling to make sense of their vast administrative datasets, according to researchers Christine L. Borgman at UCLA and Amy Brand at MIT.

AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?
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AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?

Artificial intelligence software is changing movie-making, including recreating filmed scenes by altering an actor's face to match newly recorded dialogue.

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements
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Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements

An international research team led by Markus Weinmann at the University of Cologne identified online fraudsters by their mouse movements, which were found to be...

Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business
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Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business

Google's management issued a "code red" in response to the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT and its potential to disrupt the tech industry, and Google's search business...

Designing with DNA
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Designing with DNA

An open-source software program developed by researchers at Duke and other universities lets users take drawings or digital models of rounded shapes and turn them...

Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds
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Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds

Corporate technology leaders looking to cut costs are turning to industry-specific cloud platforms that provide purpose-built digital tools for companies in a given...

Dendrocentric AI Could Run on Watts, Not Megawatts
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Dendrocentric AI Could Run on Watts, Not Megawatts

A study by Stanford University's Kwabena Boahen proposes a method that would allow neural networks to run on watts drawn from a smartphone battery instead of megawatts...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow
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Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow

Russia has accelerated its jamming of GPS satellites around Moscow, apparently to deter long-range strikes by Ukrainian drones, according to GPSJam.

Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees
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Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees

Every year around Christmas time, Donald Knuth gives a special lecture for a small audience at Stanford University, and to a larger audience online. This year's...

Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem
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Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem

The fashion industry is tapping digital technologies to cut waste and modernize.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code
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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code

Researchers found that the brain's demand and language systems encode specific code properties that correlate with machine-learned representations.

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker
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Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.

Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease
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Researchers Construct Computer-Derived Marker for Coronary Artery Disease

A new computer-derived marker for coronary artery disease is based on machine learning and clinical data from electronic health records.

Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'
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Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'

Researchers have developed a robotic system consisting of ultrasoft liquid robots comprised mainly of water.
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