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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records
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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

Researchers have uncovered seven vulnerabilities that affect Dnsmasq, a domain name system forwarding client for *NIX-based operating systems.

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'
From ACM TechNews

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?
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Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Scientists have developed a validation protocol for simulations of the atomic structure of an interface between a solid metallic oxide and liquid water.

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete
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How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

Special three-dimensional printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  were inspired by lobster shells.

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over
From ACM TechNews

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot"...

Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News
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Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.

Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security
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Fake Collaboration Apps Steal Data as Staff Struggle with Home-Working Security

According to cybersecurity company Wandera's Cloud Security Report 2021, malware attacks increasingly targeted remote workers last year.

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms
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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays...

Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites
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Jellyfish-Inspired Robot Could Be Used to Explore Coral Reefs, Archaeological Sites

A robot developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh and University of Southampton mimics the efficient swimming movements of the moon jellyfish...

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings
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Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times
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Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic...

Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close
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Google-Linked Balloon Project to Provide Cell Service Will Close

Begun nearly a decade ago, Loon was one of the company's high-profile, cutting-edge efforts. But it was difficult to turn into a business.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

Once again, the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2020 included more than a bit of coverage on  programming and programming languages.

AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit
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AI Could Train Your Dog How to Sit

A prototype artificial intelligence developed by Colorado State University researchers could train dogs while their owners are out.

Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices
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Hackers Used Four Zero-Days to Infect Windows, Android Devices

Investigators with Google's Project Zero exploit research team uncovered a hacking campaign that used four zero-day exploits to install malware on Android and Windows...

Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge
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Autonomous Racing Is Coming to Indianapolis With the Indy Autonomous Challenge

The Indy Autonomous Challenge, announced during the 2021 CES show, will be a spec race with mechanically identical cars, and software that each team hopes will...

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine
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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have spent the past five years working to upgrade to the large hadron collider, the largest particle...

Report Names Bengaluru World's Fastest-Growing Tech Hub
From ACM TechNews

Report Names Bengaluru World's Fastest-Growing Tech Hub

Dealroom.com data analyzed by London & Partners found that Bengaluru (Bangalore), India's IT capital, is the world's fastest-growing mature tech ecosystem.

When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse
From ACM News

When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.
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