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April 2022


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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors.


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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.


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NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program

NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program

Start-up Beagle Technology addresses agricultural labor shortage and cost issues with new automated pruning technology for the wine industry.


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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.


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Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

Europe to Slap New Regulations on Big Tech, Beating U.S. to the Punch

European policymakers reached a deal on the Digital Services Act which would force Silicon Valley companies to more aggressively police harmful content on their platforms,  or face large fines.


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´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

´╗┐Elon Musk Acquires Twitter for $44 Billion

The company's board and the Tesla CEO hammered out the final details of his $54.20 a share bid.


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Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time

Spilling Silicon Valley's Secrets, One Tweet at a Time

Using only her own ability to engineer code, Jane Manchun Wong is keeping tech on its toes.


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Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab

Investing is Not Enough: Andreessen Horowitz has New Crypto Research Lab

The firm is trying to bridge academia and the crypto industry, an unusual investment in venture capital.


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Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

Can Robots Save Nursing Homes?

As more nursing home and assisted living facility staff leave the profession, some facilities are turning to robots to fill in the gaps.


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Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Your iOS App May Still Be Covertly Tracking You, Despite What Apple Says

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Oxford found that iOS apps can still track users without explicit permission.


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Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support

Reducing COVID-19 Patients' Breathing Efforts Could Be Key to Success of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support

A team of researchers demonstrated that non-invasive respiratory support is more likely to be successful if it relies on significantly reducing patients' efforts to breath.


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Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms

Improving Georgia Land Conservation Through Algorithms

Researchers at the University of Georgia developed an algorithm for assessing a tract of land's conservation value by factoring in variables excluded from other models.


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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.


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Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Concerned Your Smartphone Is Spying on You?

Columbia University computer scientists developed an algorithm that can block smart devices from spying on users by generating extremely quiet sounds.


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Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

Cyber Chiefs Try New Tricks to Attract Talent

With demand exceeding the available workforce, more cybersecurity and risk executives are seeking candidates without degrees or traditional technology backgrounds.


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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess disaster zones or pipelines.


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AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

AI Researcher Says Police Tech Suppliers are Hostile to Transparency

Expert witness in Lords police tech inquiry welcomes committee's findings but questions whether its recommendations.


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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat a Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.


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AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

AI Fuses With Quantum Computing in Promising New Memristor

Quantum device points the way toward an exponential boost in "smart" computing capabilities.


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These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

These are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs in 2022

Unlike sectors such as hospitality, the cloud computing industry continued to grow in 2020 and onwards. But it's not stopping there.


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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.


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Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures

Researchers Develop Innovative 3D-Printing Technology for Glass Microstructures

An international team of researchers has developed a three-dimensional printing process for glass microstructures.


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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Reduce Noise in X-Ray Data

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have helped to de-noise synchrotron x-ray experiments computationally.


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Rethinking Rare Earth Elements

Rethinking Rare Earth Elements

Researchers are looking to untapped sources—from fertilizer waste to printed circuit boards—to solve the environmental and supply chain problems of rare earth elements.


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Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications

Researchers Break World Record for Quantum-Encrypted Communications

The research could lead to hack-proof networks.


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Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

Web Scraping is Legal, U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms

The Ninth Circuit's decision is a major win for archivists, academics, researchers, and journalists who use tools to collect, or scrape, information that is publicly accessible on the internet.


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Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Proponents of artificial intelligence believe it can be used to predict, and help to prevent, dangerous driving behaviors.


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'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside

'Tamper-Evident Container' Will Snitch if Anyone Tries to Meddle with What's Inside

A team of researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a prototype Tamper-Evident Container designed to record attempts to break into it.


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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Shells to Ward Off Ravens, Save Desert Tortoises

Scientists Use 3D-Printed Shells to Ward Off Ravens, Save Desert Tortoises

Researchers have developed a Techno-tortoise that eventually could help curtail a decline in the desert tortoise population.


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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered.