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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever
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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels
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Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels

A new artificial intelligence  system can predict air pollution levels as much as two days in advance.

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...

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
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IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons
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Kenyan Government Finally Approves Loon’s Internet-delivery Balloons

The balloons are being fast-tracked to improve communication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy
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Location Data to Gauge Lockdowns Tests Europe's Love of Privacy

Officials in Austria and Italy are using location data transmitted by mobile phones to determine the effectiveness of their coronavirus lockdown policies.

Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot
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Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot

Researchers have developed a human-scale soft robot that can reconfigure its shape to grasp and handle objects.

Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers
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Researchers Expose Vulnerabilities of Password Managers

Researchers have demonstrated that some commercial password managers may not protect users completely.

The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology
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The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology

Tire manufacturers are designing intelligent tires to improve the braking of self-driving vehicles.   

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics
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Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Two Trailblazers of Probability, Dynamics

Hillel Furstenberg of Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yale University's Gregory Margulis share this year's Abel Prize in mathematics for trailblazing...

Dead Languages Come to Life
From Communications of the ACM

Dead Languages Come to Life

Artificial intelligence automates the translation of extinct languages.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
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How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Trailblazers of Probability and Dynamics
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Abel Prize in Mathematics Shared by Trailblazers of Probability and Dynamics

Hillel Furstenberg, 84, and Gregory Margulis, 74, both retired professors, share the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus
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Fever-Detecting Goggles, Disinfectant Drones: Countries Turn to Tech to Fight Coronavirus

Health officials across the Asia-Pacific region are working to repurpose existing technology to help stop the coronavirus pandemic.

AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis
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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers in Canada have developed a system that combines artificial intelligence with human knowledge to provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnoses.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...
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