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Coping with Burnout in IT
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Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.

Power of DNA to Store Information Gets an Upgrade
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Power of DNA to Store Information Gets an Upgrade

A team of interdisciplinary researchers used intertwined DNA strands to store an Esperanto translation of "The Wizard of Oz" with unprecedented accuracy.

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills
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Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills

Researchers have found that technical interviews for many software engineering positions do not focus on whether the candidate is competent at coding, but whether...

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks
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Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks

A team of entomologists, computer scientists, and biologists  has designed a wearable insect detection system that spots livestock mite infestations in poultry....

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
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Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
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No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

UNESCO is inviting interested stakeholders to comment on the draft text before July 31.

 AI Xenobots
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AI Xenobots

Robots wrought from living cells.

Changing Course, U.S. Allows Visas for Online Students
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Changing Course, U.S. Allows Visas for Online Students

The Trump administration said it would no longer require foreign students to attend in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic in order to remain in the...

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation
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Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

A new study has found that when people consume news on social media, their penchant to share that news undermines their ability to assess its accuracy.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year
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Phishing Attacks: This Sophisticated Group Has Been Operating Undiscovered for at Least a Year

Cybersecurity researchers found a new phishing group targeting large companies worldwide, which may have been operating undiscovered for over a year.

3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic
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3D Printing Takes Shape During the Pandemic

Three-dimensional printing is transforming medicine during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Long-Lost Computation Dissertation of Unix Pioneer Dennis Ritchie
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The Long-Lost Computation Dissertation of Unix Pioneer Dennis Ritchie

The Computer History Museum has found a copy of Dennis Ritchie's final dissertation, a peek at the earliest days of computer science.

Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic
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Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred consumers to substitute fitting rooms with augmented reality using their smartphones and computers.

Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos
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Filter Protects Against Deepfake Photos, Videos

Computer scientists at Boston University have created an algorithm that prevents deepfakes by adding an imperceptible filter to videos and photos before they are...

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
From ACM TechNews

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and Tulane University integrated machine learning with quantum information...
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