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Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds
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Googling for Gut Symptoms Predicts Covid Hot Spots, Study Finds

A study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that online searches on gastrointestinal symptoms can forecast a spike in coronavirus cases weeks...

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19
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$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation named the University of Washington's David Baker to receive $3 million for his use of computers to design complex molecules.

Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances
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Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances

The City Council of Portland, OR, on Wednesday adopted two landmark ordinances barring city and private usage of facial recognition technology.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap
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Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap

Every four years a Roadmap for U.S. Robotics is published. 2020 is the year for the latest edition, and RIA Robotics Week just introduced it.

Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments
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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments

A platform developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can quantify security risks for companies without requiring them to disclose sensitive...

Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI
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Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a method for designing automated control systems that incorporate advances in deep learning and...

Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.
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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.

Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger called a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between...

Anticipating the Feeling Economy
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Anticipating the Feeling Economy

As artificial intelligence proliferates, human emotional intelligence increasingly will be prized in workers.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer
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Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer

Researchers have launched an interactive tool powered by artificial intelligence that enables the public to search cable TV news transcripts and compute the screen...

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos
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AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos

A new algorithm uses artificial intelligence to digitally remove unwanted objects in photos.

Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices
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Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists developed three-dimensional brain-on-chip devices that mimic the neural activity of brain cells cultured outside...

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most
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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork found that freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest...

Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws
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Online Voting Company Pushes to Make It Harder for Researchers to Find Security Flaws

The Voatz electronic-voting company argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that security researchers should only seek flaws in e-voting systems with...

Computing Professor's App Manages NJIT Converged Learning
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Computing Professor's App Manages NJIT Converged Learning

An app created by developers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology working with colleagues at Aegean AI Inc.,helps manage converged learning at universities...
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