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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch
From ACM TechNews

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch

Rubberized electronics and sensors that function normally when stretched up to half of their length could operate as artificial skin on robots.

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

For 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new...

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans
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Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans

Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the "other people/not me" category of personal risk assessment among drivers.

Robot Made from a DNA Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a DNA Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore
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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore

Thomas Reardon puts a terrycloth stretch band with microchips and electrodes woven into the fabric—a steampunk version of jewelry—on each of his forearms.   ...

Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . .  How AI Protects Us
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Treating Cancer, Stopping Violence . . . How AI Protects Us

For some, the spread of artificial intelligence and robotics poses a threat to our privacy, our jobs – even our safety, as more and more tasks are handed over to...

Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels
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Computational Tool Recognizes Filamentary Sections of Neurons and Blood Vessels

Researchers in Singapore have developed a computational tool for faster and more reliable screening and diagnosis of vascular and neurological conditions.

IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers
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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

Recent experiments utilized a method that could enable quantum computers to perform  calculations beyond the capabilities of today's most powerful supercomputers...

To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries
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To Improve Smartphone Privacy, Control Access to Third-Party Libraries

Researchers suggest controlling access to third-party libraries will help limit the undesired exposure of personal information by smartphone applications.

No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System
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No Strings Attached for Underwater Video System

Researchers in Saudi Arabia say they have developed a flexible underwater wireless video system.

Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries
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Cassini Crashes Into Saturn but Could Still Deliver Big Discoveries

At 4:55 a.m. California time on 15 September, hundreds of scientists watched their life's work go up in flames.

U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage
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U.S. Moves to Ban Kaspersky Software in Federal Agencies Amid Concerns of Russian Espionage

The U.S. government on Wednesday moved to ban the use of a Russian brand of security software by federal agencies amid concerns the company has ties to state-sponsored...

Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks
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Researchers Devise Hopeful Defense Against Credential Spear-Phishing Attacks

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and collaborators have proposed a method for detecting credential spear-phishing attacks.

China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility
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China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility

China plans to building the world's largest quantum research facility, according to researchers and authorities involved in the initiative.

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet's atmosphere...

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites
From ACM News

Global Fingerprints of Sea-Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

As an ice sheet melts, it leaves a unique signature behind. Complex geological processes distribute the meltwater in a distinct pattern, or 'fingerprint', thatthese...

How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not
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How Apple Is Bringing Us Into the Age of Facial Recognition Whether We're Ready or Not

A whiff of dystopian creepiness has long wafted in the air whenever facial recognition has come up. Books, movies and television shows have portrayed the technology...
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