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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.

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...

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.

The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked
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The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked

PayScale's annual ranking of the highest-paying college majors ranks electrical engineering and computer science at No. 1.

This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code
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This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code

Adobe gave permission to the Computer History Museum to release the source code for an early version of its PostScript programming language, first released in 1984...

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
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Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...

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.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
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Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode
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These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode

AI trained on reams of geological data can indicate where to dig in search of metals crucial to electric cars and other green technology.

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders
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DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

DeepMind's AlphaCode model performed well against human coders in a programming competition.

Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear
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Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear

University of Georgia (UGA) scientists have created an ear recognition system that can authenticate individuals with up to 97.25% accuracy.
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