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Decoding Canine Cognition
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Decoding Canine Cognition

Emory University researchers have decoded visual images from a dog's brain.

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate
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Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate

The Cerco company, in partnership with French teleco Orange, is rolling out a "superphone" equipped with a voice assistant in the Ivory Coast.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis
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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis

A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks
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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks

An international team of researchers developed a system that can read lips accurately through face masks using radio-frequency sensing and artificial intelligence...

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.

Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges
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Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges

The transformative power of digital twins could be the answer to adapting to environmental changes, helping to democratize global efforts to reach net zero.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

Organizations Spending Billions on Easy-to-Bypass Malware Defense
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Organizations Spending Billions on Easy-to-Bypass Malware Defense

Research suggests that hackers can easily circumvent Endpoint Detection and Response systems, the malware detecting and blocking solutions on which organizations...

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones
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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones

The AquaApp mobile interface developed by University of Washington (UW) researchers facilitates underwater messaging using acoustic signals.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...
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