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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows
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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows

Simulations of COVID-19 transmission within households conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa found that persons 20 years and younger have less coronavirus...

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry

Art historians, architects, computer scientists, and digital designers are leveraging virtual reality, 3D modeling, and cloud computing technologies to create a...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID
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Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID

Artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen can predict a patient's likelihood of dying from COVID-19 with up to 90% accuracy...

Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits
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Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits

University of Southern California researchers have demonstrated uniform emission of single photons from quantum dots arranged in a precise configuration.

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist
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Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist

Researchers at Northwestern University have a developed a three-dimensional printing technique that uses a liquid photopolymer activated by light.

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
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Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles
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U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles

Information technology (IT) employment consultancy Janco Associates estimates seasonally adjusted U.S. IT job growth in January was 18,200.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers
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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers

A global UNESCO study found women remain a minority in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack
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Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack

The breach involved an unsuccessful attempt by an adversary to increase sodium hydroxide in the water supply to dangerous levels via the water treatment plant's...

Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says
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Drones Could Begin Vaccine Deliveries in April, Firm Says

Drone delivery service Zipline has partnered with "a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines" to start dispatching doses to global partner sites as soon as April...

Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say
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Suspected Russian Hack Extends Far Beyond SolarWinds Software, Investigators Say

Federal investigators say there is evidence the suspected Russian hack of U.S. government and businesses went beyond compromising SolarWinds' software.

Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities
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Robot Satellite Swarms Increase Communication Possibilities

A space mission currently underway aims to maximize the effectiveness of CubeSats by showing how they could track and communicate with each other.

ENIAC Turns 75
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ENIAC Turns 75

The first programmable electronic general-purpose digital computer was introduced to the world on Valentine’s Day in 1946.

Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find
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Doorbell Security Cameras Are Easily Hackable, Researchers Find

Florida Institute of Technology researchers have demonstrated that smart home security systems, including doorbells connected to a wireless camera, can be hacked...

'Audeo' Teaches AI to Play the Piano
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'Audeo' Teaches AI to Play the Piano

University of Washington researchers have developed a system that generates audio from silent piano performances.

Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time
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Deepfake Detectors Can Be Defeated, Computer Scientists Show for the First Time

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated that detectors programmed to spot deepfake videos can be beaten.

Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled
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Raising the Steaks: First 3D-Printed Rib-Eye Is Unveiled

Israeli company Aleph Farms has unveiled the world's first three-dimensionally printed rib-eye steak, cultivated from live animal tissue.
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