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A Robot Small Enough to Explore the Lungs
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A Robot Small Enough to Explore the Lungs

A new magnetic tentacle robot is tiny enough to take tissue samples from the lung's smallest bronchial vessels, or to deliver cancer therapy.

Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?
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Do EV Charging Stations Open the Power Grid to Attack?

Electric vehicle Charging Station Management Systems need greater focus on security.

Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield
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Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield

A programmer behind the popular open-source npm program node-ipc poisoned it with malware that erased the hard drives of computers located in Russia or Belarus....

Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors
From ACM TechNews

Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors

Researchers have developed robotized insects that could be used to search for survivors in collapsed buildings.

Honda's Asimo Robot to Retire After 20-Year Career Wowing the Public
From ACM News

Honda's Asimo Robot to Retire After 20-Year Career Wowing the Public

Honda has been developing the Asimo bipedal humanoid robot since 2000 with the goal of developing robots that will coexist with and be useful to people.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly
From ACM TechNews

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly

All five of the biggest publicly traded crypto mining companies are developing, or already operating, plants powered by renewable energy.

The FTC's New Enforcement Weapon Spells Death for Algorithms
From ACM News

The FTC's New Enforcement Weapon Spells Death for Algorithms

It may have found a new standard for penalizing tech companies that violate privacy and use deceptive data practices: algorithmic destruction.

The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot
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The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot

Researchers built a ground vehicle that may be operated in autonomous or remote-controlled modes to study hundreds of Emperor penguins in Antarctica.

Most People are Cool with Implanting Chips in Their Brains, but Only if They Can Turn Them Off
From ACM TechNews

Most People are Cool with Implanting Chips in Their Brains, but Only if They Can Turn Them Off

More than three-quarters of U.S. adults polled were against surgically implanting a chip in their brains to improve their cognitive abilities.

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

CISA Warning: Russian Actors Bypassed 2FA
From ACM News

CISA Warning: Russian Actors Bypassed 2FA

What happened, how to avoid it.

Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows
From ACM News

Leaked Ransomware Docs Show Conti Helping Putin From the Shadows

Members of the hacker gang may act in Russia's interest, but their links to the FSB and Cozy Bear hackers appear ad hoc.

Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery
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Dual Use of AI-powered Drug Discovery

An international security conference explored how artificial intelligence technologies for drug discovery could be misused for de novo design of biochemical weapons...

Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds
From ACM TechNews

Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds

University of Washington researchers have developed a tiny battery-free device that can be blown by wind currents, like dandelion seeds.

Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?
From ACM TechNews

Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?

The Solar Protocol project aims to highlight the environmental impact of the Internet, the devices and systems that use it, and the servers that support it.

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed
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How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed

Researchers have designed a new version of the Mini Cheetah robot that can achieve high running speeds more efficiently than its predecessors.

New Attack Amplifies DDoSes by 4 Billion-Fold
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New Attack Amplifies DDoSes by 4 Billion-Fold

New technique also stretches out distributed denial of service durations to 14 hours.

Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones
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Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones

An international team of researchers has created a three-dimensional simulation of small fish swimming that could improve aquatic research robots designed to mimic...

WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear
From ACM TechNews

WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear

Researchers have identified an attack strategy that can trick industry-standard autonomous vehicle sensors into believing nearby objects are closer or further than...
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