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May 2022


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Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

Italian robotic bartending systems developer Makr Shakr said its Bionic Bar system has been installed aboard Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas cruise ship.


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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.


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World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web's Creator Wants Metaverse VR

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee expects virtual reality and metaverse-associated technologies to shape future online interaction.


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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.


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Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate

Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, Lactate

University of California, San Diego engineers have created a wearable device that continuously tracks monitor glucose, alcohol, and lactate levels simultaneously.


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Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.


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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement operations.


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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.


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Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk Puts Twitter Acquisition 'Temporarily on Hold'

Musk wants to investigate whether the number of bots on the platform is as low as the company claimsor is he looking for a way out?


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Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Surprising Bacterial Nanowire Discovery May Lead to Living, Self-Repairing Electrical Circuits

Cooling speeds up electrons in bacterial nanowires.


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Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool

Unexpected Semiconductor Properties Revealed by Innovative New Tool

Discovery reveals the role of oxygen impurities in semiconductor properties.


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Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

Europe's New Law Will Force Secretive TikTok to Open Up

The Digital Services Act will extract more new information from the young app than from older platforms like Facebook.


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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs to make bad decisions.


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Wearable Technology for Plants

Wearable Technology for Plants

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor for plant leaves that enables remote management of drought stress in gardens and farms.


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Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects

Does Presenting Credibility Labels of Journalistic Sources Affect News Consumption? Study Finds Limited Effects

New York University researchers found labeling the credibility of information sources may improve the online news consumption to a limited degree.


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Researchers Can Predict Battery Lifetimes with ML

Researchers Can Predict Battery Lifetimes with ML

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory used a machine learning algorithm to forecast the longevity of various battery chemistries.


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How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

Virtual assistants seem to be great at retrieving facts, and absolutely terrible at giving advice as they have no common sense.


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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.


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Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials

Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are training microscopes to find new materials faster using an intuitive algorithm.


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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.


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Unpacking Black-Box Models

Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.


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Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Researchers created a new quantum bit (qubit) platform using frozen neon gas.


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Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Brown University scientists led a multi-institutional team in employing new DNA analysis methods to better understand genetic conditions' impact across different populations.


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ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

Award recipients made contributions to areas including secure systems, software, privacy, and artificial intelligence.


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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.


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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian government.


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Think Like a Computer

Think Like a Computer

A pilot program designed in part by educators at South Dakota's Sanford Underground Research Facility is introducing computational thinking into elementary school curricula.


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Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

A reinforcement learning algorithm aims to speed up materials discovery by modeling material properties at the atomic and molecular scale.


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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.
 


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Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science proposed two methods for reducing the computational cost of bicycle sharing systems without impacting performance.