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Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications
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Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications

A new algorithm hides sensitive information in a way that makes it impossible to detect anything has been concealed.

Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests
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Phone-Based Measurements Provide Information About the Health of Forests

An algorithm developed can measure tree diameter accurately and nearly five times faster than manual methods using low-cost, low-resolution smartphone LiDAR sensors...

System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract
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System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract

Researchers have created a system that three-dimensionally tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die
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Why the Floppy Disk Just Won't Die

 A surprising number of industries, from embroidery to aviation, still use floppy disks. But the supply is finally running out.

Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech
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Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech

Bimal Viswanath and his colleagues amassed one of the largest datasets of AI-manipulated media in existence, to explore ways to detect and disarm weaponized media...

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study
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Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study

Researchers found reducing time on social media could improve teens' self-esteem and body image.

Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality
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Silicon Encoded Spin Qubits Achieve Universality

This newly emerging approach to quantum computation uses a novel silicon-based qubit device architecture to trap single electrons in quantum dots.

Morris Tanenbaum, Who Helped Put Silicon in Microchips, Dies at 94
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Morris Tanenbaum, Who Helped Put Silicon in Microchips, Dies at 94

AT&T chemist found a better way to make transistors and helped manage the phone company's breakup.

As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology
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As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology

Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington's ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains
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The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future
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African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

The African Girls Can Code Initiative holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up
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The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up

Robotics companies aim to create machines like startup Figure's just-unveiled Figure 01 bipedal humanoid robot to take on manual labor currently performed by humans...

How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution
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How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution

Carver Mead will delivery his Kyoto Prize Presentation on March 15.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...
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