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Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking
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Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking

Researchers developed a cryptographic scheme to prioritize the detection of potential AirTag stalking while maintaining privacy for users.

Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip
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Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip

Researchers at Australia's University of Sydney combined a photonic filter and modulator on a chip to enable the precise detection of signals across a wide band...

NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research
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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research

In work related to advancing self-flying capabilities for air taxis, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line...

Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers
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Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers

About 20,000 Ukrainians have had amputations since the war with Russia started in February 2022. Some were able to receive bionic prostheses.

Epigenomics Now
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Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Wayfinding Without GPS
From Communications of the ACM

Wayfinding Without GPS

Quantum entanglement provides a new direction in navigation.

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D
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Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D

A multi-year partnership between the California Institute of Technology and Broadcom aims to advance quantum science research and development.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
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SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
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Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year
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Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year

Researchers have developed a neuromorphic supercomputer than can perform 228 trillion synaptic operations per second.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
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Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
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Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record
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Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record

Guinness World records labeled a dog-like robot created by a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology the fastest quadrupedal robot.

AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles
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AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich can predict new metamaterials that can be three-dimensional printed.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It
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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It

There's limited evidence for health benefits so far; early work suggests no one-size-fits-all.

New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

The move is aimed at drawing $9 billion in corporate investment, as New York jockeys to host a new national semiconductor technology center.

Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections
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Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections

Is convergence near for consumer and medical wearables?

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently
From ACM TechNews

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed a waterproof, eel-like robot that can undulate in several different patterns.
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