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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.

Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations
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Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations

A new epidemic modeling approach could significantly accelerate pandemic simulations.

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds
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Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds

Corporate technology leaders looking to cut costs are turning to industry-specific cloud platforms that provide purpose-built digital tools for companies in a given...

Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow
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Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow

Russia has accelerated its jamming of GPS satellites around Moscow, apparently to deter long-range strikes by Ukrainian drones, according to GPSJam.

Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland
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Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland

Google has started beta testing hosting of digital driver's licenses and state ID cards for its Wallet application on Android, which will be exclusive to Maryland...

 New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization
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New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization

The Qu-Pilot Specific Grant agreement is part of a broader Framework Partnership agreement approved by the European Union earlier this year .

Elon Musk to Step Down as Twitter CEO Once He Finds 'Someone Foolish' Enough as Successor
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Elon Musk to Step Down as Twitter CEO Once He Finds 'Someone Foolish' Enough as Successor

As the owner of Twitter, following his purchase of the company for $44 billion (€41.4 billion) in October, no one could have forced him to step down as CEO.

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures
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Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures

The overhead of error correction presents a serious challenge to scaling up quantum computing and may produce unexpected winners.

The Outlook for Crypto
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The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
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Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner
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Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner

These past few years have been visceral reminders of our mortality. But new technologies can offer a way for us and our loved ones to live on.

FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked
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FBI Cybersecurity Program for Critical Infrastructure Hacked

A database with contact information for elite cybersecurity professionals is now being sold on the dark web to the highest bidder.

Bluetooth Security Challenged
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Bluetooth Security Challenged

Researchers identify a security loophole in the wireless standard.

Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow
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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow

But achieving full-body restoration of movement, as Elon Musk envisions with such devices, is considered far into the future, if at all.

Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network
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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network

Microsoft agrees multi-cloud strategy is "the right one" for U.S. Defense Department.

The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT
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The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?
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Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?

The ethics of neurotechnology lags behind the science.

'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better
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'SuperGPS' Accurate to 10 Centimeters or Better

New optical-wireless hybrid makes use of existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic
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Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic

Big Brother, small sum.
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