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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement
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Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement

A unique scaffolding material for engineered tissues can be altered to grow natural tissue.

Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn
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Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn

A new computational model shows similarities in the way insects and mammals learn.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.

Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System
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Ransomware Attack Leads to Shutdown of Major U.S. Pipeline System

The attack on top U.S. operator Colonial Pipeline appears to have been carried out by an Eastern European-based criminal gang.

How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe
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How to Keep Automated Electric Vehicles Safe

A study by researchers at the University of Georgia, Kennesaw State University, and Temple University identified cybersecurity weaknesses that could threaten the...

Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News
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Clues on How Networks Such as Twitter Are Organized to Respond to Viral News

A thesis defended at Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) analyses the structural patterns of complex systems such as social networks.

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study
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Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

A multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia.

Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers
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Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers

Researchers at Australia's Monash University have developed autonomous robotic technology capable of harvesting apples.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?
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Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other...

'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough
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'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

A device modeled after the human brain can learn by association via synaptic transistors that simultaneously process and store information.

ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications
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ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications

ACM has named Michael Franz at the University of California, Irvine, recipient of the Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award.

Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany
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Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Companies are developing digital tools for the design of personalized jewelry, which can be fabricated via sophisticated three-dimensional metal printing.

Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries
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Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries

A Virginia girl scou troop teamed up with Google Wing amid COVID-19.

Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets
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Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets

US bank and QC Ware looked into use of the technology to price complex derivatives.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.
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