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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?
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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?

Thinking machines think just like us—but only up to a point.

Microsoft: We Were Wrong about Open Source
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Microsoft: We Were Wrong about Open Source

Microsoft has embraced open source and even Linux in recent years.

COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak
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COVID-19's YouTube Misinformation Outbreak

Study finds a quarter of most watched videos with "non-factual" information.

Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy
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Scientists Develop Tool to Improve Disease Model Accuracy

A new embedded discrepancy operator could help scientists deliver more accurate predictions of how diseases such as COVID-19 spread through populations around the...

Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks
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Kaiji Malware Targets IoT Devices Via SSH Brute-Force Attacks

Researchers have discovered a new strain of malware built to infect Linux-based servers and smart Internet of Things devices.

Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students
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Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students

The Trump administration may suspend OPT, a program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get 1 or 2 years of occupational training after their educations...

Laser Loop Couples Quantum Systems Over a Distance
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Laser Loop Couples Quantum Systems Over a Distance

Researchers have created strong coupling between quantum systems using a laser loop, enabling nearly lossless exchange of information and strong interaction between...

Meet the Uninfectables
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Meet the Uninfectables

Hospital wards, grocery stores, and food delivery services are turning to robotic devices to better navigate the pandemic.

Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...

Fake It Till You Make It
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Fake It Till You Make It

Mock Interview websites let you practice your job-search interviewing skills.

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'
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EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'

A five-year EU effort to develop a proactive humanoid assistant as a "second pair of hands" for industrial workers has concluded with the development of a new robotic...

Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Supercomputers Hacked Across Europe to Mine Cryptocurrency

Hackers have compromised multiple supercomputers in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, and possibly Spain with cryptocurrency-mining malware.

AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data
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AI Technique Detects, Classifies Galaxies in Astronomy Image Data

A new artificial intelligence program can analyze image data to detect and classify galaxies and stars in large datasets from astronomical surveys.

The Virtual Made Real--New Technology for the Media of the Future
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The Virtual Made Real--New Technology for the Media of the Future

Researchers are developing media technologies with the potential to transform journalism.

Rust Marks 5 Years Since its 1.0 Release: The Long and Winding Road Actually Works
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Rust Marks 5 Years Since its 1.0 Release: The Long and Winding Road Actually Works

Programming language ready to leave the wilderness for mass adulation.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The Greatest Computer Language You've Never Used and Grandaddy of the Programming Family Tree
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ALGOL 60 at 60: The Greatest Computer Language You've Never Used and Grandaddy of the Programming Family Tree

Back to the time when tape was king.

Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models
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Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks — forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
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Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks

New software identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware has not been previously used.
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