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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose
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Sneakier, More Sophisticated Malware On the Loose

After analyzing more than 1 million samples of Android malware, researchershave found that malware coding is being hidden more cleverly.

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities
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The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities

Researchers in South Korea have developed a biometric system that uses a transducer to generate vibrations and sound waves that can be used to identify individuals...

The Top Programming Languages 2019
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The Top Programming Languages 2019

IEEE Spectrum's 2019 roster of leading programming languages once again ranks Python in the top slot.

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
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Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades
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Sandia's Robots Pull Apart Warheads to Recycle Thousands of Micro-Grenades

Researchers have developed robots that can demilitarize up to 21 warheads in an eight-hour shift, which equates to 13,524 bomblets being recycled per day.

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack
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Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

A new encryption system performs schemes that classical computers can use, but quantum computers cannot crack.

The Challenges of Predicting Mob Behavior at Political Rallies
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The Challenges of Predicting Mob Behavior at Political Rallies

A new model can better predict social contagions that occur at political rallies than previous methods.

How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint
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How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint

Researchers have developed a method for constructing digital fingerprints that encode secret messages into the spiral points on the prints.

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds
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This Tech Would Have Spotted the Secret Chinese Chip in Seconds

Researchers have developed a semiautomated system that could have identified in seconds malicious chips reportedly inserted into computer systems by the Chinese...

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways
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Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways

A startup plans to install four slabs of concrete with embedded sensors at an intersection in Denver, CO.

Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills
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Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills

Female engineers contributing to open source software websites are less likely than males to self-report their coding skills in job candidate profiles.

This AI Hunts Poachers
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This AI Hunts Poachers

Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security is an artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning algorithms to predict where poaching is likely to occur...

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware
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To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin
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The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

Keeping bitcoin running via the process of "mining" consumes a staggering amount of electricity, and experts are investigating energy-saving solutions.

A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes
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A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers say they have built a true random number generator from a static random-access memory cell printed with a specialized carbon nanotube ink.
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