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March 2022


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Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds

Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds

University of Washington researchers have developed a tiny battery-free device that can be blown by wind currents, like dandelion seeds.


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Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?

Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?

The Solar Protocol project aims to highlight the environmental impact of the Internet, the devices and systems that use it, and the servers that support it.


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See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department's robots last year.


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Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

Smartphone App Calculates Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

Scripps Research uses DNA data from 23andMe to calculate risk for coronary artery disease.


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Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones

Computer Simulates Schools of Fishlike Underwater Research Drones

An international team of researchers has created a three-dimensional simulation of small fish swimming that could improve aquatic research robots designed to mimic fish behavior.


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New Attack Amplifies DDoSes by 4 Billion-Fold

New Attack Amplifies DDoSes by 4 Billion-Fold

New technique also stretches out distributed denial of service durations to 14 hours.


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AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory used artificial intelligence to surpass a targeted level of productivity of algae as an alternative fuel source…


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U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia

U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia

To try to halt the war in Ukraine, the U.S. and its allies have imposed the most sweeping export controls seen in decades on Russia. Now they have to enforce them.


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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

Products allow anyone to use AI without writing any computer code.


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Russia Faces IT Crisis with Just Two Months of Data Storage Left

Russia Faces IT Crisis with Just Two Months of Data Storage Left

The withdrawal of Western cloud computing companies from Russia has left the country with roughly two months before it runs out of IT data storage.


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To Catch a Falling Satellite

To Catch a Falling Satellite

Researchers lean on NASA Astrobee robots to try to contain and stabilize out-of-control satellites.


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WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear

WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear

Researchers have identified an attack strategy that can trick industry-standard autonomous vehicle sensors into believing nearby objects are closer or further than they appear.


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Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists

Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists

Companies are experimenting with personalized diet apps, saying the future of healthy eating is A.I.


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How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police

How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police

A new state agency has a $10-million budget to regulate Google, Facebook and others. But first it needs to be created.


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AI Can Help Historians Restore Ancient Texts

AI Can Help Historians Restore Ancient Texts

DeepMind AI tool helps historians restore ancient Greek texts with 72% accuracy with human help


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Twitter Unveils Version of Site That Can Bypass Russia Block

Twitter Unveils Version of Site That Can Bypass Russia Block

Twitter has launched a version of its service that can circumvent Russia's attempts to block and censor the flow of information about its Ukraine invasion.


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In Memoriam: Mary Coombs, 1929-2022

In Memoriam: Mary Coombs, 1929-2022

Mary Coombs, first female business computer programmer, dies at 93


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Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions Can Reduce Examination Error, Bias

Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions Can Reduce Examination Error, Bias

A new technique for generating more realistic facial expressions of pain on robotic patients could also help correct signs of bias among medical students.


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Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It

Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It

Some customers are furious with Walgreens and other retailers’ replacement of clear fridge and freezer doors with iPad-like screens displaying items within.


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Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use

Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use

Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation to lift a ban on facial recognition technology and to permit police to use it in certain scenarios.


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How Much Real Money Can You Make From Virtual Art?

How Much Real Money Can You Make From Virtual Art?

NFTs are making some collectors and artists rich, but success in this high-risk marketplace is more art than science.


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How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives

How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks were misidentified by facial recognition software. The impact cast a long shadow.


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Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?

Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?

Researchers are looking to artificial intelligence as a way to potentially identify and predict problem gambling.


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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum hacking.


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Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack

Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack

Researchers discovered seven vulnerabilities, known collectively as "Access:7," in more than 150 Internet of Things devices made by more than 100 companies.


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Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution

Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution

A new high-resolution light detection and ranging chip could pave the way for smaller, less-expensive LiDAR navigation systems.


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Deep Learning Is Hitting a Wall

Deep Learning Is Hitting a Wall

What would it take for artificial intelligence to make real progress?


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The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The technology is spreading fast among police, and often wrong. But people charged with crimes are rarely told an algorithm came into play.


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War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.


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Hyperspectral Sensing, AI Pave Path for Monitoring Soil Carbon

Hyperspectral Sensing, AI Pave Path for Monitoring Soil Carbon

New artificial intelligence-powered algorithms based on laboratory soil hyperspectral data can estimate soil organic carbon properties as precisely as fieldwork.