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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research
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Chinese Scientists Make 'Impossible' AI Breakthrough in Drug Research

The team says its machine learning model can accurately predict the complex molecular changes that determine a drug's effectiveness.

China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks
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China Bans AI-Generated Media Without Watermarks

New regulations from China's Cyberspace Administration that go into effect Jan. 10, 2023, ban the creation of media using artificial intelligence without watermarks...

Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies
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Researchers Develop Framework for Multiancestry Genomic Studies

A multi-institutional team of researchers has devised a framework for analyzing multiancestry genomic studies across multiple biobanks.

New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls
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New Attack Method to Bypass Popular Web Application Firewalls

Researchers devised a method that could be used by attackers to access sensitive business and customer information by bypassing Web application firewalls to infiltrate...

Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing
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Researchers Propose Methods for Automatic Detection of Doxing

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an automated technique that uses machine learning to identify doxing on social media.

Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise
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Blockchain Fails to Gain Traction in the Enterprise

Maersk and IBM last month shut down their global platform that was supposed to bring blockchain to the shipping industry. Other big bets are moving slowly.

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.

Go-Playing Trick Defeats World-Class Go AI — but Loses to Human Amateurs
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Go-Playing Trick Defeats World-Class Go AI — but Loses to Human Amateurs

Adversarial policy attacks blind spots in the artificial intelligence—with broader implications than games.

Bluetooth Security Challenged
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Bluetooth Security Challenged

Researchers identify a security loophole in the wireless standard.

U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware
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U.S. Finds its 'Center of Gravity' in the Fight Against Ransomware

Yet the threat remains pervasive.

Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers
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Severe Vulnerabilities Found in Most Industrial Controllers

Three-quarters of devices that keep facilities like electricity and water treatment plants safe and operational have severe, unpatched cybersecurity vulnerabilities...

Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC
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Researcher Exploits Power Supply to Transmit, Steal Data from PC

Mordechai Guri at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev transmitted stolen data from a personal computer by manipulating the device's power supply.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans
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Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans

Siemens has been working with clothing companies on efforts to automate apparel manufacturing.

Reconfiguring It Out
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Reconfiguring It Out

A researcher plumbs reconfigurable quantum circuits for high-performance computers and cellphones.

The Real Fusion Energy Breakthrough Is Still Decades Away
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The Real Fusion Energy Breakthrough Is Still Decades Away

U.S. nuclear scientists have achieved the long-sought goal of a fusion ignition — but don't expect this clean technology to power the grid yet.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Coalition Formed to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computer Science
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Coalition Formed to Increase Hispanic Participation in Computer Science

National nonprofits and organizations unite efforts to boost Hispanic representation in computer science.

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer
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The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.
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