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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years
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More Than a Third of Women in Tech Eyeing the Exit in Next Two Years

More than a third of 1,000 surveyed women in the technology sector intend to quit in the next two years, driven by the pandemic and gender inequality.

When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls
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When Finnish Researchers Took On the Twitter Trolls

A nation's scientists took to social media in response to criticism of their research, with surprising results. Sami Syrjämäki describes what happened.

AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages
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AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages

A neural network model developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo enables computer-based analysis of text in 11 African languages.

First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change
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First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change

A new database shows the movement of the river centerlines of the 48 most threatened deltas in the world over the past 40 years.

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares
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Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge found universities' value judgments about research have been tied to social media platforms.

Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data
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Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data

The Benthic Rover II robot has spent seven years collecting deep-sea data 140 miles off California's coast.

Making Sense With Biology
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Making Sense With Biology

Hybrid systems enhance the capabilities of electronics with biologics.

Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business
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Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is using fully driverless trucks for its online grocery business.

The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social
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The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social

Tech titans and upstarts alike are working to deepen our relationships with their robots.

Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories
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Meta to Remove Thousands of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Shielding users' interests in topics like race, health, religion, and politics.

Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'
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Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'

Japan's Inamori Foundation has named Chinese computer scientist Andrew Yao Chi-chih recipient of the international Kyoto Prize in advanced technology.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Senators Launch Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus
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Senators Launch Bipartisan Women in STEM Caucus

U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen and Shelley Moore Capito have launched a bipartisan caucus to unlock more opportunities for women and girls in STEM careers.

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust
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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships...

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'
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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure...

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues
From ACM TechNews

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

The World Bank's Climate Warehouse program is consulting with cryptocurrency startups like the Chia Network to build a "public-good layer" for climate.

Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.

Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers
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Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter.

Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior
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Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior

Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say is 91% accurate in predicting suicidal thoughts and behavior (STB) among adolescents.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers
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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.
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