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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic
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Eavesdropping on Whales in the High Arctic

Norwegian researchers used existing underwater fiber-optic cables to listen to whales in the Arctic via the Distributed Acoustic Sensing system.

Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police
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Hacker Claims to have Stolen 1 Billion Records of Chinese Citizens from Police

Anonymous Internet user "ChinaDan" posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the data for 10 bitcoin, worth about $200,000.

The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse
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The U.S. Military Is Building Its Own Metaverse

Defense tech companies have latched on to the metaverse hype—but what they're building will be a far cry from Meta's virtual world.

Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock
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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

Global trade is threatened by the ability of cyber pirates to hack technologies that control container ships' steering, propulsion, navigation, and other operations...

New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously
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New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously

Researchers have developed a 64-element millimeter-wave-band phased-array transceiver that transmits and receives data while receiving power at the same time.

NFT Thefts and What to Do About Them
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NFT Thefts and What to Do About Them

When someone steals a non-fungible token (NFT), the options for recourse are not always clear.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots
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3D Printing Grows Beyond Its Novelty Roots

With the technology improving and costs falling, 3D printing could be poised to play a major role in manufacturing.

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients
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App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients

CLL-Pre-Diagnostic Lymphocytosis app helps doctors ID people at risk of infection following diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask
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Immersive King Tut Exhibit Looks Beyond the Gold Mask

National Geographic Museum's virtual-reality experience opens up the Egyptian pharaoh's tomb.

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
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AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer
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Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer

Researchers created a probabilistic computer model that rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells to identify cancer-driving mutations.

How the Brain Prepares to Think
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How the Brain Prepares to Think

Researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Frontera supercomputer to probe the physics of thought activation in the brain.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...
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