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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine
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How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research have spent the past five years working to upgrade to the large hadron collider, the largest particle...

Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News
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Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News

Postcard from the 23rd century: Not even possible to know if an AI is superintelligent, much less stop it.

Report Names Bengaluru World's Fastest-Growing Tech Hub
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Report Names Bengaluru World's Fastest-Growing Tech Hub

Dealroom.com data analyzed by London & Partners found that Bengaluru (Bangalore), India's IT capital, is the world's fastest-growing mature tech ecosystem.

Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online
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Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online

Using machine learning to identify signs of dangerous behavior on social media.

When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse
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When Joe Biden Took the White House, He Also Took @WhiteHouse

The transition of official White House social media handles in 2020 was more complicated than four years ago.

President Biden’s Tech To-Do List
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President Biden’s Tech To-Do List

The new administration will try to restrain Big Tech, manage China, and expand internet access.

NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science
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NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science

Astrobee flying robots are being prepared by astronauts on the International Space Station, to help perform science investigations.

Quantum Internet Signals Beamed Between Drones a Kilometer Apart
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Quantum Internet Signals Beamed Between Drones a Kilometer Apart

Researchers have sent entangled photons between two 35-kilogram drones located a kilometer apart, a development that could pave the way for quantum encryption. ...

Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?
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Are Videogames the Future of Remote Work?

The startup Gather offers a videogame-like format for remote work, supporting virtual two-dimensional workspaces for enterprise clients. \

Robotic Swarm Swims Like a School of Fish
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Robotic Swarm Swims Like a School of Fish

Fish-inspired robots can synchronize their movements like an actual school of fish, without outside control.

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are
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Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are

An artificial intelligence system developed by scientists at Canada's University of Victoria can ascertain the predicted chemical composition of drugs.

Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report
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CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

Software quality is crucial to delivering value to organizations, U.S. economy.

“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”
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“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

Additional 5G spectrum is on the way…but which entity will control it?

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level
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Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

In a move that signals the importance of science to the incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced a plan to make the White House Office of Science...

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...

2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations
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2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations

ACM has designated 95 members 2020 ACM Fellows for their significant contributions to a multitude of computing fields.  
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