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Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies
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Website Predicts Effectiveness of School COVID Testing Policies

Researchers at the data research company Mathematica have created an interactive website to help school officials consider their options for coronavirus testing...

Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web
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Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web

Old Dominion University's Michael Nelson and colleagues have found that supposedly permanent digital Web archives could be lost.

One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory
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One Material with Two Functions Could Lead to Faster Memory

A new device simultaneously stores and visually transmits data with a single semiconductor.

Photonic Processors Light the Way
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Photonic Processors Light the Way

Highly efficient light-based processors can overcome the bottlenecks of today's electronics.

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems
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Study Shows Potential of DNA-Based Data-Structures Systems

A team led by researchers from Newcastle University created new dynamic DNA data structures that can store and retrieve information in an ordered manner from DNA...

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering
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Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering

Mathematicians are implementing algorithms designed to halt gerrymandering—the partisan manipulation of U.S. Census data to redraw electoral maps for one political...

Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions
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Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions

Researchers at Japan's Tohoku University developed an neural network model that can help explain the difficulty people with autism spectrum disorder have in interpreting...

Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography

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

A Battery-Free Internet of Things
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A Battery-Free Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can thrive without hardwired or consumable power sources.

The Future of Supply Chains
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Supply Chains

Droids, drones, and driverless technologies are fueling a supply chain revolution.

Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)
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Charles M. Geschke (1939-2021)

Charles M. Geschke helped create the modern world of computing, where beautiful typography and expressive, artistic graphics are as integral to most users' experience...

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System
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U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System

Disease surveillance schemes to catch the next rising virus already exist—they're just not communicating with each other.

Getting Down to Basics
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Getting Down to Basics

2020 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Alfred Aho and Jeffrey Ullman helped develop formal language theory, invented efficient algorithms to drive the tasks of a...

Taking the Heat
From Communications of the ACM

Taking the Heat

Maxwell's demon and the high cost of erasure.

Let the Algorithm Decide?
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Let the Algorithm Decide?

Algorithms fail their first test to replace student exams.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference
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Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference

The experts have weighed in: Non-fungible tokens are dumb as hell.

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...
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