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Watch NIST's 'Atomic Television' Live and in Color
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Watch NIST's 'Atomic Television' Live and in Color

Scientists have enhanced an atom-based radio receiver to detect and display live color TV and videogames.

Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

A new wearable sensor can detect amino acids and certain vitamins in small amounts of human sweat.

No-Code AI: Platforms and Tools
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No-Code AI: Platforms and Tools

In the 1990s, tools like Macromedia Dreamweaver made Web development accessible to all. Today, no-code tools aim to do the same for artificial intelligence.

Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland
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Rare Earths Processor Buys Rights to Mine in Greenland

One of the world's few rare earths processors outside China has bought exploration rights to mine in Greenland.

It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own
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It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own

Voyager, a computer program, played with Ensemble Signal in the U.S. premiere of a George Lewis piece that was a highlight of this year's concert calendar.

Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science
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Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science

AI hype has researchers in fields from medicine to sociology rushing to use techniques they don't always understand—causing a wave of spurious results.

A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge
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A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge

An international team of researchers created the NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip to compute directly in memory.

TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes
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TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes

A privacy researcherfound the TikTok video application's Web browser can track users' keystrokes.

Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It
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Your Smartphone Could Recognize You by How You Hold It

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence-powered algorithm to identify individuals based their hand vibrations when holding a smartphone.

Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'
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Sloppy Software Patches Are a 'Disturbing Trend'

The Zero Day Initiative has found a concerning uptick in security updates that fail to fix vulnerabilities.

Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire
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Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire

The staff had no warning and noone to appeal to; all video calls were anonymized.

The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score
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The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score

Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability. What is lost...

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
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Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

The Road to 6G
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The Road to 6G

Looking past 5G to sixth-generation wireless technology.

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom
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How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom

Artificial intelligence is helping the esports industry take the world by storm.

Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'
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Engineers Fabricate a Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic 'Skin'

MIT engineers have devised a wearable sensor that communicates wirelessly without requiring onboard chips or batteries.

Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk
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Flaw in VA's Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk

Security researcher Zachary Minneker discovered a flaw in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA records platform and determined that hackers easily can...

Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force
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Sound Waves Let Researchers Build Stuff with the Force

LeviPrint system can assemble elongated objects into large structures without physical contact.

Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry
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Quantum Computers Might Not Offer Extreme Speed Boost for Chemistry

New research suggests the required computing power could diminish quantum computing's exponential speed advantage.

Quantum Annealing Can Beat Classical Computing in Limited Cases
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Quantum Annealing Can Beat Classical Computing in Limited Cases

Quantum annealing computers can run algorithms faster than classical computers in certain instances, but typically not when time is limited.
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