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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a global chip shortage with an executive order that aims to strengthen supply chains.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?
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Is MFA Needed to Improve Security?

Considering the outlook for multi-factor authentication applications.

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM
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Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM

New IBM research revealed that developers with skills in creating open-source cloud technologies are more likely than other job candidates to receive a call-back...

Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC
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Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence model that can predict tsunami flooding in real time with high spatial resolution.  

Using Mathematical Models to Enable Transportation Decarbonization, Combat Climate Change
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Using Mathematical Models to Enable Transportation Decarbonization, Combat Climate Change

Analysis of transit fleets in two Mexican cities found that 80% of operational bus days for studied routes were suitable for electrification.

DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft
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DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft

The program aims to create autonomous, fighter-jet-like craft that would deploy from the sky and then wield air-to-air weapons.

30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware
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30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware

Silver Sparrow can even run on systems with Apple's new M1 chip.

AI Can Help Reduce the Risk of HIV in High-Risk Communities
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AI Can Help Reduce the Risk of HIV in High-Risk Communities

A new artificial intelligence system can help lower the risk of human immunodeficiency virus transmission in high-risk communities.

The View from On High
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The View from On High

Satellite imagery could address the limitations in traditional sources of data.

Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000
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Why an Animated Flying Cat With a Pop-Tart Body Sold for Almost $600,000

A fast-growing market for digital art, ephemera and media is marrying the world's taste for collectibles with cutting-edge technology.

Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis
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Alibaba, Pinduoduo Fight China's Looming Food Crisis

Internet retailer Alibaba and Chinese agriculture technology platform Pinduoduo are working on government initiatives to stave off a looming food crisis in China...

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

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.

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.
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