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July 2021


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100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled

100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled

Startup reveals a unique quantum computing system.


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Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Using artificial intelligence-driven data analysis to peel back the noise and find the actual shape of the universe.


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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new "red team" will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.


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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.


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Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper

Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper

The University of Southern California's Shang-Hua Teng and his collaborator, Yale University's Daniel A. Spielman, were named to receive the Symposium on Theory of Computing Test of Time Award.


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How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the WIFIRE Lab.


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Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks

Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks

A new algorithm capable of analyzing models of biological systems can lead to greater understanding of their underlying decision-making mechanisms.


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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in August.


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Air-Powered Computer Memory Helps Soft Robot Control Movements

Air-Powered Computer Memory Helps Soft Robot Control Movements

A new air-powered computer memory can be utilized to control soft robots, thanks to engineers at the University of California, Riverside.


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Scientists Decipher Activity of the Brain in Deep Sleep

Scientists Decipher Activity of the Brain in Deep Sleep

A new system can decode the brain's activity during sleep to analyze memory consolidation.


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Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era

Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era

Once imagined as a new kind of warfare, government-linked hacking has instead become a widespread and perhaps permanent feature of the global order.


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Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers warn of the potential social, ethical, and legal consequences of technologies interacting heavily with human brains.


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ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data

ML Tool Sorts the Nuances of Quantum Data

A machine learning tool can parse quantum matter and identify relationships among microscopic properties in the data.


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Study Describes Tool for Improving Serious Illness Conversations

Study Describes Tool for Improving Serious Illness Conversations

A new computer model can automatically analyze conversations between seriously ill people, their families, and palliative care specialists in epidemiological studies.


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The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell

The World's First Digital Model of a Cancer Cell

Researchers have developed the world's first computer model of a cancer cell, which could revolutionize cancer research.


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Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels

Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels

The role of humor in training, and conversing with, chatbots.


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From Macy’s to Albertsons, Facial Recognition is Already Everywhere

From Macy’s to Albertsons, Facial Recognition is Already Everywhere

Customers are largely unaware that some of their favorite stores are using facial recognition tech.


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Your Sweaty Fingertips Could Help Power the Next Generation of Wearable Electronics

Your Sweaty Fingertips Could Help Power the Next Generation of Wearable Electronics

The new device is just 1 square centimeter wide and flexible enough to wrap around a fingertip.


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'Hubble Is Back!'

'Hubble Is Back!'

Famed space telescope has a new lease on life after computer swap appears to fix glitch.


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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks

This is the first time Washington and other U.S. allies have assigned blame for the Microsoft Exchange hack, which compromised more than 100,000 servers worldwide.


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Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions

Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions

The documentary "Roadrunner" by Morgan Neville uses 45 seconds of a voice that sounds like Bourdain, generated with artificial intelligence. Is it ethical?


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Photonic Computers: The Future of Computing Is … Analogue

Photonic Computers: The Future of Computing Is … Analogue

The future is optical. Photonic processors promise blazing fast calculation speeds with much lower power demands, and they could revolutionize machine learning.


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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.


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Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private

Encrypting Photos on the Cloud to Keep Them Private

Computer scientists at Columbia University have developed a system that allows mobile users to encrypt personal images on cloud photo services in order to maintain their privacy.


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Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record

Japan Shatters Internet Speed Record

Japanese engineers have broken the world Internet speed record with a 319 TB per second data transmission rate across more than 3,001 kilometers of fiber-optic infrastructure.


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NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors.


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Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years

Seattle Leads Nation in 'Brain Gain,' Adds Tech Jobs Faster Than Any Other Big U.S. Market Over 5 Years

A report by real estate firm CBRE reveals that more than 48,000 technology jobs were added in the Seattle region from 2016 to 2020.


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What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?

What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?

IBM's artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler vision for Watson.


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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.


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Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data

Chatbot Can Explain Apps, Show How They Access Hardware or Data

Researchers have developed a chatbot that can help designers and developers create new apps, and explain apps to end-users.