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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use
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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Researchers have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness into extended...

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise
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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie
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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.

Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?
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Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Many claim their employees are hyper efficient while working from home. But there are social and emotional costs to ambition in isolation.

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit
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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science
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Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

New York University researchers found that higher academic achievement among men is not the underlying reason for more men than women majoring in science fields...

Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit
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Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated quantum entanglement on a mini-satellite orbiting earth.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day
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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers to access devices...

Body of Knowledge
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Body of Knowledge

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to enable students to learn from cadaver dissection.

Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores
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Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store.

Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish
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Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish

The new chips are made from gallium phosphide.
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