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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

Lasers, Levitation, and Machine Learning Make Better Heat-Resistant Materials
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Lasers, Levitation, and Machine Learning Make Better Heat-Resistant Materials

A process developed at the Argonne National Laboratory can predict how refractory oxides are impacted by high temperatures.

Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution
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Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution

Researchers had five neural language models compete in lexical substitution tasks, including plain substitution and word sense induction .

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....

Police Departments Adopting Facial Recognition Tech Amid Allegations of Wrongful Arrests
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Police Departments Adopting Facial Recognition Tech Amid Allegations of Wrongful Arrests

U.S. police departments are adopting facial recognition technology, despite complaints of wrongful arrests as a result of its use.

Simulating Sneezes, Coughs to Show How COVID-19 Spreads
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Simulating Sneezes, Coughs to Show How COVID-19 Spreads

Two groups of computer scientists created detailed simulations of droplets sprayed by coughs or sneezes, to demonstrate how COVID-19 spreads.

Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making
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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making

The National Football League used Amazon Web Services' cloud platform to arrange its just-released 272-game 2021 schedule.

System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically
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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically

A system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology automatically cleans "dirty data."

AI, Drones Will Help Pin Down Sosnovsky's Hogweed
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AI, Drones Will Help Pin Down Sosnovsky's Hogweed

To monitor the spread of Sosnovsky's hogweed, scientists developed an artificial intelligence monitoring system that performs real-time image segmentation onboard...

Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks
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Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks

Deep neural networks can replicate reported associations between gene expression, histology, and computed tomography-derived image features of lung cancer, and...

This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
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This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms

A new navigation system aims to improve the ability of robots to navigate busy clinical environments, especially hospital emergency departments.

Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip
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Smart Finger Ring with Integrated RFID Chip

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally printed smart finger ring that potentially could replace house keys, wallets, health insurance cards, and more....

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....

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

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.

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties
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60% of School Apps Are Sharing Kids' Data with 3rd Parties

A study analyzing 73 "utility" apps for school districts found that nearly two-thirds of them share some student data with third-party marketing companies.

'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles
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'Intelligent' Shoe Helps Blind People Avoid Obstacles

Computer scientists have designed a shoe with ultrasonic sensors that can detect obstacles and emit vibrations to warn blind and visually impaired wearers.

Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission
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Fertility Apps Collect, Share Intimate Data Without Users' Knowledge or Permission

Many top-rated fertility apps collect and share personal information without the knowledge or permission of users, according to a new study.
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