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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.

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...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.

Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?
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Are Our Pets Leaking Information About Us?

Computer scientists in the U.K. found security and privacy vulnerabilities among 40 Android applications for pets and farm animals.

CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products
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CISA Director Calls on Tech Companies to Build Security into Products

The strategy is expected to target the common vulnerabilities found in tech vendors' products.

New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue
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New Material May Offer Key to Solving Quantum Computing Issue

A solution for this problem may be found in an exotic version of a qubit known as a topological qubit.

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up
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With Human Metalworkers Hard to Come By, Robotic Blacksmiths Step Up

Chatsworth, CA-based startup Machina Labs has developed an automated metalworking system in the midst of a metalworker shortage.

Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat
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Wilson's 3D-Printed Basketball of the Future Is Full of Holes but Never Goes Flat

Wilson's prototype "airless" basketball debuted during the 2023 NBA All-Star Game festivities.

Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots
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Fending off Cyberattacks on Collaborative Robots

Hackers leverage IoT, IIoT vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to cobots.

Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government
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Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government

In return for vast subsidies, the Biden administration is asking the chip industry to make promises about its workers and finances.

AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours
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AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

This marked the first time a bot took control of a military jet.

Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.
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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.

How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly
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How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly

Companies including OpenAI and TikTok have signed up to a new set of guidelines designed to help them be more transparent around generative AI.

Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders
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Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders

Scientists at China's Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong universities have engineered a "graphene-based intelligent, wearable artificial throat"patch that can amplify...

Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices
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Researchers Find New Bug 'Class' in Apple Devices

Researchers at cybersecurity company Trellix say they discovered a new class of privilege escalation vulnerability in Apple devices, rooted in Israeli spyware maker...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.
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