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May 2022


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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier.


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The Drones of War

The Drones of War

Drone makers are donating, or selling at cost, unmanned aerial drones to Ukraine.


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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.


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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.


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Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.


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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues.


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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium."


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Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.


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Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway

Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway

Audio recorders have reliably identified birds in Norwegian forests by their songs.


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Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

An international team of researchers has modeled digital twins of diseases, in order to improve diagnosis and treatment.


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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade.


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Two Papers Selected to Receive 2022 Dijkstra Prizes

Two Papers Selected to Receive 2022 Dijkstra Prizes

Together, the papers revolutionized both the theory and practice of nonblocking algorithms. 


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David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

In 1969, he was part of a team of young engineers who built the first machine to switch data among computers using the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.


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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.


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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.


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Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth

Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth

Co-faculty advisor Mary Lauren Benton said she thinks more female role models are needed in the field to encourage women to believe computer science is a viable choice for them.


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Interactive Tools May Help People Become Big Data Journalists

Interactive Tools May Help People Become Big Data Journalists

Researchers say people could use interactive tools to navigate, save, and tailor online content to extract meaning from big data.


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Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs

Mission to Monitor Migrating Monarchs

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a tracking system to monitor the migration of monarch butterflies to specific mountain peaks in central Mexico.


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Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Swarming Drones Autonomously Navigate Dense Forest, Chase Human

Researchers in China demonstrated the ability of an autonomous flying drone swarm to navigate a thick forest it had never before encountered.


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Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Gear from Netgear, Linksys, 200 Others Has Unpatched DNS Poisoning Flaw

Researchers at security firm Nozomi Networks identified an unpatched vulnerability in third-party code libraries used by 200 hardware and software vendors.


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How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?

How Can Universities Help Close the Digital Divide?

Institutions are leading projects with community partners to expand high-speed Internet access.


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World's Largest Computing Society Honors FIU Engineering Professor with Top Education Award

World's Largest Computing Society Honors FIU Engineering Professor with Top Education Award

Weiss is also co-leading a project to help the U.S. National Science Foundation set priorities for computer science education research.


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Building a Better Quantum Bit

Building a Better Quantum Bit

A new qubit breakthrough could transform quantum computing.


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Ireland's Datacenters Now Consume More Power than its Entire Rural Population

Ireland's Datacenters Now Consume More Power than its Entire Rural Population

While Ireland's datacenters consume a lot of power (more than 1,000 GW in Q4'21), they account for only a small proportion of the country's carbon output.


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Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

Engineers Use AI to Capture Complexity of Breaking Waves

An international research team lleveraged machine learning to model how waves break, which could help improve the design of offshore structures and climate prediction.


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Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

Beijing Grants Baidu, Pony.ai Driverless Robotaxi Permits

The municipal government in Beijing, China, has granted permits to Baidu and Pony.ai to operate robotaxis without human drivers on open roads in the city.


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Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

An Advanced Persistent Threat gang discovered by researchers at security company Mandiant is penetrating corporate networks to steal Exchange emails from those involved in corporate transactions.


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Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Machine Learning Can Help Address Stigma of Substance Abuse in Developing Countries

Researchers used machine learning and anonymized data to better understand drug and alcohol abuse in developing countries.


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Anticipating the War's Direction

Anticipating the War's Direction

Is the U.S. at risk of Russian cyberattacks related to Ukraine?


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A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing

A New Option for Neutral-Atom Quantum Computing

Two independent teams show neutral ytterbium-171 atoms can be trapped and used for quantum information processing, bringing quantum computers based on this platform a step closer to reality.