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February 2022


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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.


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High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

High-Speed Drones Revolutionizing How We Watch Winter Sports

Custom-built, high-speed racing drones are being used to film the Natural Selection Tour, the first time such technology has been used in live broadcast.


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How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle

How Do You Teach a Goldfish to Drive? First, You Need a Vehicle

Researchers are teaching animals how to drive, in order to understand how experience affects learning and how brains adapt to change.


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Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

The activities of tens of thousands of bubbles in foamy flows can be simulated computationally.


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Nvidia, Arm Call Off $80B Merger; Arm CEO Resigns

Nvidia, Arm Call Off $80B Merger; Arm CEO Resigns

Nvidia is the leader in the graphics processing unit and AI processor market. Arm intellectual property powers virtually all smartphones and Internet of Things devices.


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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.


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Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund

Intel Invests in Open-Source RISC-V Processors, Creates Billion-Dollar Fund

Intel and RISC-V working together is a game-changer, and today is the day that RISC-V becomes a chip power.


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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.


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Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images

Technique Improves AI Ability to Understand 3D Space Using 2D Images

A new technique uses two-dimensional images to improve the ability of artificial intelligence programs to identify three-dimensional objects.


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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.


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Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

Forget Zoom School. For Some Students, Class Is in Session in VR

More schools and universities are conducting classes in virtual reality, especially given the availability of better and less expensive VR headsets.


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New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

Some animals and plants are rapidly adapting to our warming, polluted world. How alarming that is depends on your perspective.


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I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from ID.me.


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Apple Acquires Song-shifting Startup AI Music

Apple Acquires Song-shifting Startup AI Music

AI Music uses artificial intelligence to dynamically create music based on several factors and user interaction.


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World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing

World's Largest Companies Accused of Greenwashing

Apple, Amazon, and Google were among the companies said to 'lack integrity' when it came to setting, and following, net-zero pledges.


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Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All

Maybe There's a Use for Crypto After All

Helium, a wireless network powered by cryptocurrency, hints at the practical promise of decentralized services.


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Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon

Student-Built Robot Rover on Track to Explore the Moon

Iris, a tiny wheeled robot built by students at Carnegie Mellon University, is expected to be the first uncrewed rover from the U.S. to explore the Moon.


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Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias

Algorithm Amplifies Trustworthy News Content on Social Media Without Shielding Bias

Researchers have developed a method for amplifying trustworthy news on social media.


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Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Tiny Chips, Big Headaches

Concern is growing about larger, more intricate cloud computing networks' fundamental dependence on less reliable and less predictable chips.


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Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes

Food-Tracking AI System to Reduce Malnutrition in LTC Homes

Researchers have developed a smart system that uses artificial intelligence to track food consumption by residents of long-term care communities.


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The New Spy Wars

The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.


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DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer

DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer

AlphaCode is good, but not great — not yet.


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European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack

European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack

Major oil terminals at some of Western Europe's biggest ports have been hit by a cyberattack.


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VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults

VR 'Shopping Task' Could Help Test for Cognitive Decline in Adults

A virtual reality test can be used to assess an individual's functional cognition, and eventually may be used to test for age-related cognitive decline.


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Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'

Infrared Goggles, Vibrating Armband Help the Blind 'See'

Researchers incorporated a pair of infrared cameras into prototype goggles to help blind and visually impaired people navigate their environment intuitively.


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Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

Dairy-Tech Startup Created a Step Counter for Cows

India's Stellapps Technologies has come up with what CEO Ranjith Mukundan describes as "a device which is like a Fitbit for cattle."


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Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing

Ultrathin Materials Lead to Big Advance in Quantum Computing

Using ultrathin materials to reduce the size of superconducting qubits may pave the way for personal-sized quantum devices.


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U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development

U.S. Government Releases National Strategic Plan for Quantum Workforce Development

The agencies also announced U.S. plans to participate in World Quantum Day, an international event to be held on April 14.


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Weather App Aims to Save Lives, Livelihoods

Weather App Aims to Save Lives, Livelihoods

The free Forecasting African STorms Application (FASTA) enables users to access real-time maps of local storm activity on their mobile phones.


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277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

277,000 Routers Exposed to Eternal Silence Attacks via UPnP

Akamai researchers found as many as 277,000 routers capable of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) connectivity protocol vulnerable to "Eternal Silence" attacks.