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October 2022


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Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?

A three-dimensional printing method developed by scientists at Japan's Osaka University can embed edible quick response codes inside food.


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Facebook Parent Meta Admits Defeat after GIPHY Deal is Blocked by U.K. Regulators

Facebook Parent Meta Admits Defeat after GIPHY Deal is Blocked by U.K. Regulators

Citing the risk of a substantial lessening of competition in social media and display advertising, the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority said Meta must sell GIPHY.


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Workers Strike at Apple's Core in Unprecedented Industrial Action

Workers Strike at Apple's Core in Unprecedented Industrial Action

Retail and Fast Food Workers Union secretary Josh Cullinan said his union's members had stepped up "where no other retail workers in Australian history have gone" by going on strike.


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Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid

Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid

Warehouse workers near Albany vote against forming a union by nearly two to one margin.


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Deep Learning is Human, Through and Through

Deep Learning is Human, Through and Through

At the 9th Heidelberg Laureate Forum, a diverse panel of researchers discussed the applications and implications of deep learning.


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How TikTok Ate the Internet

How TikTok Ate the Internet

The world's most popular app has pioneered a new age of instant attention. Can we trust it?


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Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

Team Uses Digital Cameras, ML to Predict Neurological Disease

A new machine learning algorithm aims to improve the diagnosis of people with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.


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ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science

ESnet Launches Next-Generation Network to Enhance Collaborative Science

The Energy Sciences Network has rolled out the latest generation of the U.S. Department of Energy's high-performance science network, dubbed ESnet6.


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Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Lyft Testing Pay Algorithm to Lure Drivers

Ride-hailing firm Lyft announced it was testing an earnings algorithm so drivers in 18 U.S. cities can view destination and pay details before accepting requests.


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Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light

Caltech's Nanophotonic Chip 'Squeezes' More Out of Light

A photonic chip developed at Caltech may enable photonic quantum information processors.


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Misinformation Swirls in Non-English Languages Ahead of Midterms

Misinformation Swirls in Non-English Languages Ahead of Midterms

More multilingual fact-checking groups are pushing back against misleading translations, manipulated images, and outright lies that jump platforms and cross borders.


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Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Humans Beat DeepMind AI in Creating Algorithm to Multiply Numbers

Researchers at Austria's Johannes Kepler University Linz bested an algorithm developed by DeepMind with a program that can perform matrix multiplication more efficiently.


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Computer Errors from Outer Space

Computer Errors from Outer Space

Ever-shrinking microchips are elevating the risk of computer glitches caused by cosmic rays bombarding the Earth from outer space.


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Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study

Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study

A new study found that the risk of certain common chronic diseases can be lowered with the use of a wearable activity tracker.


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UW Computer Science Professor Wins MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

UW Computer Science Professor Wins MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

University of Washington computer science professor Yejin Choi has been awarded a 2022 "genius grant" fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation.


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World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

World's Fastest Supercomputer Can't Run a Day without Failure

Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Frontier supercomputer experiences numerous hardware failures on a daily basis.


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Common Deidentification Methods Don't Fully Protect Data Privacy

Common Deidentification Methods Don't Fully Protect Data Privacy

Common deidentification techniques do not adequately protect data privacy, according to a study by University of Chicago computer scientist Aloni Cohen.


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AI-Enabled Eye Scan Delivers Stroke, Heart Disease Risk Scores

AI-Enabled Eye Scan Delivers Stroke, Heart Disease Risk Scores

An artificial intelligence-enabled system developed by researchers in the U.K. can scan retinal images to identify individuals at high risk of heart disease and stroke.


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Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

Chicago Scientists Testing Unhackable Quantum Internet in Closet

University of Chicago scientists are conducting quantum Internet research in a basement closet.


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Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City

Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City

Malte Schröder and colleagues at Dresden University of Technology programmed an algorithm to design the optimal cycling route for any given city, using network science principles.


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Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Telescope uses machine-learning algorithm to identify a sample of 5,000 candidates of gravitational lenses from tens of millions of galaxy images.


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Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders

Rise in Cyberattacks Stretches, Stresses Defenders

Cybersecurity specialists are working multiple cases simultaneously and dealing with the resulting stress.


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Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

Six major robot manufacturers — Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree — have signed a letter promising not to weaponize their general-purpose products or underlying software…


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DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles

DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles

Researchers at AI laboratory DeepMind have created an algorithm that can solve tough mathematical calculations with improved computing efficiency.


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Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon

Advanced Control of a Six-Qubit Quantum Processor in Silicon

Researchers at QuTech in the Netherlands have developed a chip with six silicon-based spin qubits that operates with a low-error rate, a development seen as a stepping stone for scalable silicon-based quantum computers.


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Better Understanding of Cellular Metabolism With AI

Better Understanding of Cellular Metabolism With AI

Scientists at EPFL have developed a deep learning-based computational framework that replicates dynamic metabolism in cells.


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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

Though several bot detection systems are available, there is no standard definition of "bot" and the results of the detection systems can differ.


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Machine Learning Model Predicts Health Conditions of People with MS

Machine Learning Model Predicts Health Conditions of People with MS

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Washington developed a machine learning model that can predict the health of chronic neurological disorder patients during stay-at…


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Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists

Walgreens Turns to Prescription-Filling Robots to Free Up Pharmacists

U.S. pharmacy chain Walgreens is deploying robots to fill prescriptions for drugstores amid a nationwide shortage of pharmacists and pharmacist technicians.


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Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity

Rare Electrical Recordings of Human Brain Detail Neural Activity

An international team of neuroscientists used medical data to record human neural activity of visual processing in exceptional detail.