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November 2021


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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.


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Sexual Harassment, Bias Against Women Persist in STEM Professions

Sexual Harassment, Bias Against Women Persist in STEM Professions

More than half of women in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) professions surveyed said they have been sexually harassed in the workplace.


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Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines

Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines

The story of how one organization helped the chronically homeless demonstrates the inherent value of observation, empathy, and perseverance.


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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.


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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items.


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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.


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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.


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'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

The PodoSighter tool identifies early indicators of kidney disease by detecting podocytes, a specialized kidney cell damaged during early-stage kidney disease.


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Filtering for Beauty

Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.


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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.


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Holograms on the Horizon?

Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

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