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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry
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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth
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SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

Researchers have developed a method for locating a position on Earth using signals broadcast by SpaceX's Starlink Internet service satellites.

How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19
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How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19

Researchers from multiple institutions collaborated on the development of an algorithm that can identify asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in travelers.

Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain
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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.

Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure
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Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure

Flying microchips developed by engineers at Northwestern University could be used to monitor air pollution and airborne disease.

Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits
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Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits

A research team has developed new techniques for controlling qubits, which could help improve the accuracy of quantum computers.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'
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U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'

The National AI Strategy includes a number of programs, reports and initiatives.

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail
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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.

EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C
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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

Devices using only wireless charging would be exempt from the mandate.

 Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data
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Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform

Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer
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Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

A quantum computer completed a calculation in 4.2 hours that would have taken a classical system thousands of years.

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins
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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees
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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.

Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication
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Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication

A new amplifier promises to revolutionize space and fiber communications.

CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware
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CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware


 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.

Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero
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Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero

With cybersecurity under increasing attacks, experts say we should move to the Zero Trust Architecture. 

A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems
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A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems

Scientists have vastly accelerated the speed and efficiency of reservoir computing to tackle some of the most difficult information processing challenges.

2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential
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2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential

The research is significant because of the vast array of problems that can be addressed using Monte Carlo simulations.
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