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Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think
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Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Researchers have determined that global datacenter energy consumption remained relatively flat across the last decade.

Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web
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Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web

Researchers have developed a system that brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other over the Internet.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint
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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour
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Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.

UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software
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UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software

An international study used statistical software to estimate the rate at which cancers evolve.

Hacking Bluetooth
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Hacking Bluetooth

Bluetooth device users seldom suspect they are opening themselves to man-in-the-middle hacker attacks.

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
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Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA
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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
From ACM TechNews

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
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AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

An interdisciplinary research team developed a convolutional neural network that generates crop yield predictions, incorporating information from topographic variables...

The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China
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The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China

Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.
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