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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions
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Tech Behind Crypto Could Save Luxury Brands Billions

Luxury brands are using blockchain technology to shield their products from counterfeiting.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers have developed a method of calculating the carbon emissions of artificial intelligence systems that boasts greater accuracy.

Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision
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Period-Tracker Apps Aim for Anonymity Following Roe v. Wade Decision

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, the developers of some period-tracking and fertility apps are looking to secure users' data...

Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI
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Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI

The team named the combination of data from different MRI methods with multiclass machine learning 'radiophysiomics.'

MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System
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MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A general-purpose optimizer aims to speed development of autonomous robotic systems by using an optimization code that automatically determines how to boost performance...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

Chip Makers Refusing to Build Semiconductor Plants in the U.S. Unless Congress Unlocks $52 billion in Funding
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Chip Makers Refusing to Build Semiconductor Plants in the U.S. Unless Congress Unlocks $52 billion in Funding

The CHIPS Act is intended to shore up America's flagging chip industry as a hedge against China's accelerated development of its own semiconductor capabilities....

AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers
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AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers

GitHub Copilot, launched last week, acts like a predictive-text feature to help ease the process of writing long lines of computer code.

Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania
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Russian Hacking Group Takes Credit for Wide-Ranging Cyberattack on Lithuania

Global Internet access monitor NetBlocks confirmed that several government networks were disrupted alongside public and private internet infrastructure.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight
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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Fireflies inspired researchers to build flying, light-emitting robots that facilitate motion tracking and communication.

Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'
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Internet Explorer Shutdown to Cause Japan Problems 'For Months'

Microsoft's termination of the Internet Explorer browser has sparked panic among businesses and government agencies in Japan that delayed updating their websites...

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

Quantum Computing Could Solve the World’s Energy Crisis
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Quantum Computing Could Solve the World’s Energy Crisis

Quantum computing is the most underrated, most transformational technological breakthrough since the Internet.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers
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Scientists Emulate Nature in Quantum Leap Towards Future Computers

Scientists have constructed an atomic-scale silicon quantum processor to model the behavior of an organic molecule.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...
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