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August 2021


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AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go

AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go

Machine learning able to predict subcellular locations of functionally related proteins


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How Chemical Reactions Compute

How Chemical Reactions Compute

Harvard Professor Juan-Pérez Mercader sees chemical reactions as a kind of computation, and says molecules have enormous potential as tools of computation.


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Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test

Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test

Innovative strategy analyzes specific regions of CoRSIVs genome to offer possibility of early diagnosis


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Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography

Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography

Chip efficiently implements post-quantum cryptography to better protect against future hacker attacks using quantum computers


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3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%

3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%

Remotely controlled robots 3D-print structures onsite and in tight spaces


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Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts

Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts

University of Notre Dame researchers are developing a neural network to read ancient, hand-written texts using human perception to enhance deep learning-based document transcription.


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Detroit Lets Automakers Test Smart Parking Technology in Real Garage

Detroit Lets Automakers Test Smart Parking Technology in Real Garage

The city of Detroit has partnered with Ford and Bosch to establish a Smart Parking Lab in the city's Bedrock Assembly Garage to test autonomous technologies in a real-world environment.


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Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School

Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School

An Accenture survey found that movies, TV, and social media are more likely than schools or teachers to be the main source of information about careers in technology for 16- to 21-year-olds in the U.K.


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Touchy-Feely Glove Senses, Maps Tactile Stimuli

Touchy-Feely Glove Senses, Maps Tactile Stimuli

A team of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and China's Southern University of Science and Technology has designed a touch-sensing glove capable of "feeling" tactile stimuli.


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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

Farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors


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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates its terms of service. F


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Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

Joint Quantum Institute scientists have developed a quantum information transfer protocol that reaches theoretical speed limits for some quantum operations.


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Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

Computer scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) say they have developed a method for circumventing a large number of facial recognition systems.


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Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Analysts have identified flaws in the application programming interfaces of six home electric vehicle (EV) charging brands, as well as the Chargepoint public EV charging station network.


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Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out

Can You Recycle a Hard Drive? Google is Quietly Trying to Find Out

Rare earth magnet recycling is about much more than sustainable datacenters.


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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.


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Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot

Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot

Unlike other Olympic employees who clearly have been instructed to blend into the background of the events with which they're assisting, you command the spotlight every time you enter the field.


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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.


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U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

U.S. Taps Tech Giants to Help Fight Ransomware, Cyberattacks

The Department of Homeland Security enlists Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others to help combat cyberthreats.


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Chip Shortage Might Turn Into Market Saturation, Analysts Worry

Chip Shortage Might Turn Into Market Saturation, Analysts Worry

Chip manufacturers might have invested too heavily in increasing their capacity, which could lead to an overcapacity over time.


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Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment

Algorithm Helps Probe Connections Between Stream Chemistry, Environment

A team of researchers used a novel machine learning algorithm to help scientists better understand the chemistry of streams and their environmental impact.


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NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

NYC Brain Computer Startup Announces FDA Trial Before Elon Musk

New York City-based brain-computer interface startup Synchron said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized human clinical trials for its commercial implant.


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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.


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Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future

Kitchen Robot in Riga Cooks Up Fast Food Future

A kitchen robot has been preparing fast food at the Roboeatz cafe in Riga, Latvia, while diners watch since January 2018.


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Predicting Preterm Birth

Predicting Preterm Birth

Can machine learning provide advance notice of an extreme preterm birth, in sufficient time to implement a therapeutic intervention?


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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the maker of the Pegasus spyware.


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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Researchers in Denmark tried a new approach to training artificial intelligence: hiring people full-time to review and label posts for training, instead of relying on part-time contractors.


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Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.

 Killer Robots Need 'No New Rules' about Firing on Humans, Russia tells U.N.

Moscow is 'out on its own' as other nations seek to prevent autonomous weapons making their own decisions and 'deciding who lives or dies'.


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Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Although analysts have warned that millions of blue-collar jobs in the U.S. industrial heartland will soon be displaced by robots, that is not yet the case at small and medium-sized factories.


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AI Carpenter Can Recreate Furniture From Photos

AI Carpenter Can Recreate Furniture From Photos

An algorithm developed by University of Washington researchers can render photos of wooden objects into three-dimensional models with enough detail to be replicated by carpenters.