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Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption
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Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

A synthesizing compiler for homomorphic encryption can translate a plain-text unencrypted codebase into encrypted code on the fly.

Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells
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Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells

A technology developed at Australia's University of New South Wales Sydney enables three-dimensional printers to print bone-like structures, complete with living...

When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News
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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have determined that artificial intelligence can help assess news stories accurately, but only when a story is first...

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap
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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play
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Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function
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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.

They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin
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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey
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AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

In a survey of information technology leaders, 41% of respondents expect artificial intelligence to take over their roles by 2030.

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models....

MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab
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MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab.

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)
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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization
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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.

DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records
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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

Researchers have uncovered seven vulnerabilities that affect Dnsmasq, a domain name system forwarding client for *NIX-based operating systems.

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'
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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?
From ACM TechNews

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Scientists have developed a validation protocol for simulations of the atomic structure of an interface between a solid metallic oxide and liquid water.

How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete
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How Lobsters Can Help Make Stronger 3D-Printed Concrete

Special three-dimensional printing patterns designed by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  were inspired by lobster shells.

On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over
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On the 100th Anniversary of 'Robot,' They're Finally Taking Over

Robot technology in many ways hassurpassed the vision presented in Karel Capek's play "R.U.R." ("Rossum's Universal Robots"), which introduced the word "robot"...

Moore's Law: What Comes Next?
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Moore's Law: What Comes Next?

Moore's Law challenges point to changes in software.

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware
From Communications of the ACM

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware

Advances in VR hardware could finally take the technology mainstream.
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