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Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich
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Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich

U.S. approval of spot bitcoin ETFs, a new way to track the price of bitcoin, could trigger a gold rush for investors.

Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash
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Robot with Sense of Touch Grabs Ocean Trash

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed an artificial skin that allows a robot to distinguish between inanimate objects and living sea creatures...

Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification
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Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification

Wi-Fi 7 has been finalized.

How Tech Automated the January 6 Investigations
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How Tech Automated the January 6 Investigations

Law enforcement increasingly is relying on technology to identify suspects.

Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems
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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems

Tesla is recalling nearly all the vehicles it has sold in China to update their computer software.

AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History
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AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History

Artificial Intelligence helps us read the previously unreadable.

Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety
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Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety

Researchers at Google DeepMind created a "Robot Constitution" to ensure the safety of their newest robotic system.

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away
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Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away

ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Niklaus Emil Wirth passed away Jan. 1 at age 89.

App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams
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App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams

A new app is intended to prevent elder fraud by helping older adults identify online scams.

Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws
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Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws

Widely-used Java applications were found to have major security vulnerabilities.

Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots
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Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots

Johns Hopkins University researchers found stimulating people's brains with gentle electric currents could boost their ability to learn in virtual environments....

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.

Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving
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Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving

Mercedes-Benz has received approval to add external turquoise blue lights to its vehicles that indicate when they are in self-driving mode.

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

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
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

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.

Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests
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Pangolin-Poaching Hot Spots Revealed by DNA Tests

University of California, Los Angeles researchers developed a method for tracing the smuggling routes of pangolins using DNA tests.

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.
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