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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.

Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers
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Computational Model Stands to Make NMR an Even More Powerful Tool for Researchers

A computational model developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory could make Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy a more powerful research tool...

Can AI Detect Dyslexia?
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Can AI Detect Dyslexia?

Researchers try to fill the void of simple, inexpensive dyslexia detection tools with a game, and with handwriting analysis, both supported by artificial intelligence...

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started
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Smart Device Hacks Up Since the Pandemic Started

Cybersecurity researchers have found that hacks on smart devices have climbed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas
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Archaeologists with Drones Discover Pre-Columbian Earthworks in Kansas

Dartmouth College researchers discovered pre-Columbian earthworks in Kansas using drones equipped with LiDAR and infrared and thermal imaging.

With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard
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With Election Cybersecurity Experts in Short Supply, Some States Call In the National Guard

Some U.S. states are asking the National Guard to dispatch cybersecurity experts to fortify their voting systems ahead of the general election in November.

$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19
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$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation named the University of Washington's David Baker to receive $3 million for his use of computers to design complex molecules.

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances
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Portland Adopts Landmark Facial Recognition Ordinances

The City Council of Portland, OR, on Wednesday adopted two landmark ordinances barring city and private usage of facial recognition technology.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers
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Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers

Researchers found that low-level ionizing radiation in the environment can degrade the performance of superconducting quantum bits, or qubits.

The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer
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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer

U.K. science minister Amanda Solloway says Britain's first commercial quantum computer, supported by government and industry, will be available for use by businesses...

Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI
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Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a method for designing automated control systems that incorporate advances in deep learning and...

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer
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Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer

Researchers have launched an interactive tool powered by artificial intelligence that enables the public to search cable TV news transcripts and compute the screen...

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos
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AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos

A new algorithm uses artificial intelligence to digitally remove unwanted objects in photos.
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