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'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...

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.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation
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Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation

Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories researchers are three-dimensionally (3D) printing minerals, in order to learn to better predict how and where...

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19
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AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19

Researchers have developed a dedicated search engine for researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever
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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever

Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.

Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays
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Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays

The technology that has enabled the sudden shift to remote work is in short supply.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
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Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus
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MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and partner organizations have launched a project to track COVID-19 patients through their phones.

Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored
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Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored

Researchers  have discovered a metal-organic molecule that can switch between three distinct, long-lived states.
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