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Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers
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Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers

The 2023 HackerRank Developer Skills Report ranked Java, Python, SQL, C++, and JavaScript as the programming language skills most in demand by employers and developers...

This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change
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This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change

Recently released city-building strategy game Floodland has a post-apocalyptic storyline in which players must rebuild society following a catastrophic climate...

NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors
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NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors

The National Football League has expanded its partnership with top research universities to gather data from on-field head impacts to inform injury reduction programs...

Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings
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Stranded Without Food? Edible Drone Has Snackable Wings

The munchable machine could be used in rescue missions.

FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat
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FBI Director Warns Against TikTok as National Security Threat

Christopher Wray voices concerns over a proposed deal to allow the continued operation of the Chinese-owned app in the U.S.

Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts
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Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Some workers allegedly accepted thousands of dollars in bribes.

Technology Transforms Textiles
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Technology Transforms Textiles

Robotic fabrics sense motion and movements, and adapt accordingly.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last
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AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last

Scientists taught an artificial intelligence a second distinct task without overwriting connections learned from a first task, through the use of simulated sleep...

Frontier Keeps Top Supercomputer Spot
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Frontier Keeps Top Supercomputer Spot

The Frontier system at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory remained the world's top supercomputer on the 60th Top500 list.

Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World
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Green Lab Initiatives Take Root Around the World

Scientists, students, and administrative staff are working to bring about a cultural shift to mitigate the impact of research on the environment.

K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors
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K-12 Cyber Maturity Improving, but Still Lags Other Sectors

U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jern Easterly said ransomware and other cyber threats targeting primary and secondary schools are...

Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town
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Electric Truck Stops Will Need as Much Power as a Small Town

The real challenge is how quickly high-speed chargers will need to deliver electricity at a single place and time.

Twitter, Meta Push Tech Job-Cut Pace Near Early-Pandemic Levels
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Twitter, Meta Push Tech Job-Cut Pace Near Early-Pandemic Levels

Major technology companies have announced hiring pauses or job reductions amid tepid consumer spending, mounting inflation, and a strengthened dollar undermining...

AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias
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AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias

Princeton University's Adji Bousso Dieng and Dan Friedman have developed a diversity score for artificial intelligence to help detect bias.

Simple Interventions Can Curb Cheating in CS Courses
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Simple Interventions Can Curb Cheating in CS Courses

A new study evaluates how six simple interventions, including quizzing students on academic honesty, appear to have reduced cheating in a computer science course...

Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers
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Australia Unveils Joint Cyber Police Taskforce to 'Hunt Down' Hackers

Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil said around 100 officers of the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Signals Directorate would participate in the...

Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites
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Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites

An optical data link was demonstrated over 10km  (more than six miles) of open air in a field experiment in the Netherlands.

Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States
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Google Agrees to $391.5 Million Privacy Settlement With 40 States

The company will change its location tracking disclosures in 2023.

Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown
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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown

A new report finds that municipal agencies in Washington deploy dozens of automated decision systems, often without residents' knowledge.
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