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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making
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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making

The National Football League used Amazon Web Services' cloud platform to arrange its just-released 272-game 2021 schedule.

AI, Drones Will Help Pin Down Sosnovsky's Hogweed
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AI, Drones Will Help Pin Down Sosnovsky's Hogweed

To monitor the spread of Sosnovsky's hogweed, scientists developed an artificial intelligence monitoring system that performs real-time image segmentation onboard...

 The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue
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The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue

'The AV industry has promised too much for too long, and has delivered too little'

Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System
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Pipeline Hack Points to Growing Cybersecurity Risk for Energy System

Energy infrastructure has increasingly come under assault, and analysts said the attack that cut off fuel supplies this week should be a "wake-up call."

Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment
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Colonial Pipeline Paid Nearly $5 million in Ransomware Blackmail Payment

The payment was reportedly made soon after the attack began. It wasn't enough to stop the disruption.

Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag
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Security Researcher Successfully Jailbreaks Apple AirTag

German security researcher stacksmashing was able to break into, dump, and reflash the microcontroller of Apple's AirTag object-location product.

Quantum Simulator Beats Quantum Hardware
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Quantum Simulator Beats Quantum Hardware

Toshiba's quasi-quantum optimization algorithm on Microsoft's Azure cloud outperforms today's fledgling quantum computer speeds.

Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Bolster Federal Government’s Cybersecurity

President Biden's order places strict new standards on software sold to the government.

Intel Says It Has Solved a Key Bottleneck in Quantum Computing
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Intel Says It Has Solved a Key Bottleneck in Quantum Computing

Intel and QuTech say they've demonstrated the first instance of high-fidelity two-qubit control using Intel's Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip.

This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?
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This One Change Could Protect Your Systems From Attack. So Why Don't More Companies Do It?

One 'boring but really important' change could improve your security posture significantly. But not everyone does it.

This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
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This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms

A new navigation system aims to improve the ability of robots to navigate busy clinical environments, especially hospital emergency departments.

Germany to Support Quantum Computing with €2 Billion
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Germany to Support Quantum Computing with €2 Billion

Germany's economy and science ministries announced an approximately €2-billion ($2.4-billion) allocation to develop the country's first competitive quantum computer...

Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding
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Biden Administration Will Prioritize Cybersecurity in Distribution of $1 Billion in Federal IT Funding

The Biden administration will prioritize cybersecurity in the distribution of $1 billion in technology modernization funds signed into law by Congress in March....

Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement
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Researchers Advance 3D Printing to Aid Tissue Replacement

A unique scaffolding material for engineered tissues can be altered to grow natural tissue.

Election Security: A Scientific View
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Election Security: A Scientific View

Barbara Simons and the issues with Internet voting.

Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn
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Learning on the Fly: Computational Model Demonstrates Similarity in How Humans, Insects Learn

A new computational model shows similarities in the way insects and mammals learn.

Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School
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Online Cheating Charges Upend Dartmouth Medical School

The university accused 17 students of cheating on remote exams, raising questions about data mining and sowing mistrust on campus.

The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth
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The Next Frontier for Gesture Control: Teeth

Researchers have developed a prototype wearable system controlled by teeth-tapping gestures.

Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply
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Hacked Pipeline May Stay Shut for Days, Raising Concerns About Fuel Supply

While the impact has been limited so far, some energy analysts warned of possible shortages and higher prices as the suspension continues.
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