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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.

System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically
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System Cleans Messy Data Tables Automatically

A system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology automatically cleans "dirty data."

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...

Ayanna Howard Named ACM Athena Lecturer
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Ayanna Howard Named ACM Athena Lecturer

ACM has named Ayanna Howard, dean of the Ohio State University College of Engineering, its 2021-2022 ACM Athena Lecturer.

Overcoming Tab Overload
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Overcoming Tab Overload

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have found that tab overload is an issue for many people.

 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."

New Initiatives Aim to Improve Diversity in Computer Science Department
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New Initiatives Aim to Improve Diversity in Computer Science Department

Two Duke Univesity professors and a graduate student formed a group of researchers dedicated to identifying "strategies for making computing more equitable and...

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.

Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks
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Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks

Deep neural networks can replicate reported associations between gene expression, histology, and computed tomography-derived image features of lung cancer, and...

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.

Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates
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Bloomberg Gives $150 Million to Help Universities Diversify STEM Doctorates

The initiative, which will benefit Johns Hopkins and six other institutions, will be named in honor of Vivien Thomas, best known for his work treating "blue baby...

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.

96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find
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96% of U.S. Users Opt Out of App Tracking in iOS 14.5, Analytics Find

U.S. users have opted out of application tracking nearly all of the time following Apple's release of iOS 14.5 in April.

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...
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