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 Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip
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Give Tax Time Phishing Attacks the Slip

Learning how to recognize tax-time email scams can help taxpayers and businesspeople avoid them.

In Memoriam: John Horton Conway 1937-2020
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In Memoriam: John Horton Conway 1937-2020

Conway worked on the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory, coding theory, and even recreational mathematics.

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.

Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012
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Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012

A BlackBerry research and intelligence team said five Chinese advanced persistent threat groups have long been attacking Linux servers.

Mirror Arrays Make Augmented Reality More Realistic
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Mirror Arrays Make Augmented Reality More Realistic

A compact augmented reality system uses an array of miniature mirrors to create virtual images that appear more "solid" in front of real-world objects.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic

Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility
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Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility

A report by information technology trade group CompTIA found that U.S. employers slashed 19,000 IT jobs during March.

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting
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Lawmakers Outline Proposals for Virtual Voting

U.S. lawmakers have urged House leaders to consider virtual voting in order to conduct business while complying with health guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic...

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Move COVID-19 Tests in Florida
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Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Move COVID-19 Tests in Florida

Self-driving shuttles are transporting COVID-19 tests from a Jacksonville, FL, testing site to a Mayo Clinic processing location.

You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.
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You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.

Advances in software applications that process human language lie at the heart of the debate over whether computer technologies will enhance or even substitute...

Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?
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Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?

Scientists are exploring approaches that would help machines develop their own sort of common sense.

RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'
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RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'

A government think tank says a coordinated, long-term approach is needed to confront the "retroactive risk" to secure communications posed by quantum computing....

AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease
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AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease

An experimental artificial intelligence tool accurately predicted which patients newly infected with the COVID-19 virus would develop severe respiratory disease...

Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic
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Hacker Group Is Eavesdropping on Corporate Email, FTP Traffic

The Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 reports that a hacker group has been eavesdropping on corporate networks since at least early December.

Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much
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Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much

The more municipalities tweet, the less likely it is that followers would respond to any individual message, according to new research.

Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany
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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany

The tool gives doctors an easy way to see critical care bed capacities in German hospitals.

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
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Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.
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