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Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost
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Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost

A team of researchers has strengthened blockchain networks against potential quantum computing threats through the development of a post-quantum cryptographic layer...

Programmable Trap Can Kill Viruses
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Programmable Trap Can Kill Viruses

Computational genetic engineering has enabled a method of "trapping" and killing viruses.  

Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming
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Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming

Some climate scientists believe massive computer simulations of the world economy could be harnessed to establish a path forward to prevent the worst effects of...

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says
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Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says

The preliminary finding will now be reviewed by the full U.S. International Trade Commission.

Quantum Computing Breakthrough May Be Key to Large-Scale Quantum Chips
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Quantum Computing Breakthrough May Be Key to Large-Scale Quantum Chips

Researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales say a new method could enable engineers to reliably control millions of quantum bits.

Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.
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Is Your Mobile Provider Tracking Your Location? This Technology Could Stop It.

A new system can thwart the tracking of cellphone users by network operators while maintaining seamless connectivity.

Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be
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Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be

A robotic eel designed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne can swim through water and receive sensory data while in motion.

ORNL's Simulation Tool Creates Digital Twins of Buildings From Coast to Coast
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ORNL's Simulation Tool Creates Digital Twins of Buildings From Coast to Coast

Modeling software designed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can simulate the energy profiles of all 129 million buildings...

Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees
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Farmers Help Create 'Virtual Safe Space' to Save Bumblebees

Land-management strategies to save bumblebees can be tested in a "virtual safe space" developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Exeter.

Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems
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Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems

A team led by researchers from Newcastle University created new dynamic DNA data structures that can store and retrieve information in an ordered manner from DNA...

Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

Wildfire Simulation Heats Up
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Wildfire Simulation Heats Up

Computer simulations can predict the spread of wildfires through sections of a real forest

Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering
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Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering

Mathematicians are implementing algorithms designed to halt gerrymandering—the partisan manipulation of U.S. Census data to redraw electoral maps for one political...

Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System
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Researchers Develop Smart-Car Identity and Access Management System

Researchers at City, University of London have developed an identity and access management system to make smart cars less vulnerable to cyber attacks.

AI Learns by Doing More with Less
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AI Learns by Doing More with Less

Sparsity and energy constraints guide learning and communications in silicon neuronal networks

Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap
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Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to use artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a patient's race as a means of improving health...

Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities
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Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Nozomi Networks Labs have identified five vulnerabilities in Mitsubishi's safety programmable logic controllers, centered on the...
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