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Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors
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Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that is programmable with either photons or electrons.

Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists discovered a new underwater fault five miles off Monterey Bay, CA, through the use of infrared laser pulses fired along an idle fiber-optic cable.

3D Scanner Could Increase Accuracy of Surgery
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3D Scanner Could Increase Accuracy of Surgery

Researchers have invented a scanner to capture full-field three-dimensional surface-shape data in real time by facilitating three-dimensional capabilities at each...

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves
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Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

A new circuit design enables computing using magnetic waves, rather than electricity.

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket
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Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and fit in a pocket.

AI Moves Into Healthcare
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AI Moves Into Healthcare

Artificial intelligence's diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation.

Bug Bounties: Big Business
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Bug Bounties: Big Business

Companies are learning that bug bounty programs are just one aspect of good security protocols.

China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies
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China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies

China has issued rules banning online video and audio providers from generating, distributing, and broadcasting fake news as it cracks down on deepfake technologies...

Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer
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Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer

Researchers created a program to render household items into hand-activated robots using a three-dimensional (3D) printer. 

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters
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Mozilla Doubles Payouts as It Tries to Attract Software Vulnerability Hunters

Mozilla has increased payouts for its bug bounty program while adding new websites and services to the list in order to draw more interest from bug hunters.

Can a Stealth T-Shirt Foil Digital Spies?
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Can a Stealth T-Shirt Foil Digital Spies?

Researchers have designed stealth apparel that renders the wearer invisible to spying computers.

Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping
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Research Reveals Dirty Tricks of Online Shopping

Researchers have found dark patterns, or deceptive practices employed by user interface designs, frequently used on shopping websites of popular online retailers...

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease
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Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a spate of vaping-related injuries and deaths required building a new data-collection...

Tracking the Eye of the Pilot
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Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

Researchers have developed and tested eye-tracking software for use in training pilots.

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.
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