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November 2021


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Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter.


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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.


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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.


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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.


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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.


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Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change.


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Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks

Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks

Ballyhooed artificial-intelligence technique known as "deep learning" revives 70-year-old idea.


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Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

An international research team developed a visual analytics tool to address challenges faced by child welfare specialists using machine learning models to screen cases.


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Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather

Scientists say climate change is now the primary driver of extreme wildfires in the western U.S., with global warming largely responsible for conditions fueling the blazes.


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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.


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Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Florida Atlantic University researchers studied the effectiveness of interactive robotic pet cats in improving mood, behavior, and cognition in older adults with dementia.


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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.


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A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

It harks back to a 19th-century idea about evolution.


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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

The National Security Commission on AI included members from Oracle, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Some of its recommendations are already federal law.


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Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Businesses are already exploring the future potential of quantum computers, and some industries anticipate big changes ahead.


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For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

A risk prediction model tailored to Black women has been developed for use in primary care settings to identify those at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer.


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Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting robots can enter buildings that human firefighters cannot. Researchers are working to develop firefighting robots that can make decisions autonomously.


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Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

A ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering contest.


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Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

Hundreds of girls and women in Afghanistan continue to learn, either online or in hidden makeshift classrooms.


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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.


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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible, deforested areas.


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Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

What the world's fastest brain-typist is telling us about the future of computer interfaces.


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Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

A new artificial intelligence architecture that will handle many tasks at once.


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Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors

Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors

Big Blue has released a new metric, CLOPS, which puts a number on the speed of a quantum computer.


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Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff

Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff

A study finds that only 11% of firms that have deployed artificial intelligence are reaping a "sizable" return on their investments.


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America's Crypto Conundrum

America's Crypto Conundrum

Protecting security without crushing innovation.


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Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

The pandemic caused schools to embrace laptops, tablets, Zoom, and an app called GoGuardian that tracks everything students (and, sometimes, parents) do online.


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Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

The company will delete all of its face scan data, citing societal concerns and regulatory uncertainty.


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ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

Researchers at South Africa's University of Johannesburg have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be enhanced significantly for medical purposes.


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State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity challenges.