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The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon
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The Self-Driving Big Rigs That You'll See on the Highway Soon

Aurora, Waymo, TuSimple and Torc are among the leaders in an industry that could pass self-driving cars.

Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem
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Quantum Algorithms Conquer a New Kind of Problem

Computer scientists have found a new type of problem that quantum computers can solve dramatically faster than their classical counterparts.

Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem
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Europe's Blockchain: A Solution Struggling to Find a Problem

Decentralizing the chain of trust to a blockchain–also known as a distributed ledger–causes additional privacy and security issues.  

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving
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Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users Are Moving

Researchers have fabricated smart textiles that can sense their wearer's posture and motions.

Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible
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Computer Component Could Use as Little Energy as Physically Possible

Researchers built a nanomechanical logic gate that uses vibrations for information processing rather than electrons.

AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup
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AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup

The Federation Internationale de Football Association will use a semi-automated AI system to help referees make offside calls during the 2022 World Cup.

Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea
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Even in Death, Internet Explorer Lives On in South Korea

Why a country known for blazing broadband and innovative devices remains tethered to a browser that most of the world abandoned long ago.

FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles
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FCC Lets Starlink Offer Internet Service in Moving Vehicles

"These services, never before available, promise the potential for expanding reach to remote and rural areas and facilitating higher quality broadband services...

ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis
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ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis

A study found that machine learning algorithms can help healthcare providers distinguish between acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis.

Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations
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Quantum Computer Cools Itself by Performing Calculations

A small diamond-based quantum computer performs a sequence of mathematical operations to cool itself.

Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed
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Braking Mid-Air to Prioritize Safety Over Energy or Speed

Researchers used computer simulations and motion capture to simulate how birds optimize their landing maneuvers.

Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries
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Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries

A self-driving vehicle operated by Cruise was involved in a June 3 crash in San Francisco which resulted in injuries to occupants in both vehicles.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

Toyota Partners with Israel's Quantum Machines for Quantum Computing Solutions
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Toyota Partners with Israel's Quantum Machines for Quantum Computing Solutions

Through its trading arm, Toyota hopes to offer quantum tech to Japanese customers, leveraging capabilities developed by an Israeli startup.

Tuning Sound Waves on Chip
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Tuning Sound Waves on Chip

Harvard University researchers have shown that acoustic waves can be controlled and modulated with an electric field on chip.

FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech
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FBI: Scammers Are Interviewing for Remote Jobs Using Deepfake Tech

An FBI public advisory warns about an increase in scammers using deepfake technology and stolen personal identifying information (PII) to impersonate job candidates...

Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware
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Wide Range of Routers Under Attack by Sophisticated Malware

Researchers have discovered at least 80 routers in North America and Europe have been infected by a remote access Trojan as part of a larger hacking campaign.

'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm
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'Supercookies' Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Vodafone is among the German phone companies participating in the TrustPid trial.

Using AI to Fight Food Fraud
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Using AI to Fight Food Fraud

The use of artificial intelligence to test food and beverages to determine whether labels accurately indicate their content.

Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients
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Toe-Tapping Test for Parkinson's Patients

A new smart insole can evaluate a Parkinson's disease patient's risk of falling by tracking their foot movements as they tap their toes.
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