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 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills
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Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

A new robotic cutting simulator replicates the forces acting on a knife slicing through foods.

Better Security Through Obfuscation
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Better Security Through Obfuscation

The quest to find greater security through obscurity.

Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL
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Top Programming Language for Data Science: Python Still Rules, Followed by SQL

While data scientists might be creating clever data visualizations, many decision makers still don't understand stories told through data.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors
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Google's Quantum Computer Exponentially Suppresses Errors

Research may help pave the way for scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computers.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper
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Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper

The University of Southern California's Shang-Hua Teng and his collaborator, Yale University's Daniel A. Spielman, were named to receive the Symposium on Theory...

NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding
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NIST Evaluates Face Recognition Software's Accuracy for Flight Boarding

Tests of face recognition software indicate the most accurate algorithms are able to confirm airline passenger identities at boarding while committing few errors...

GitHub Previews AI Tool That Makes Coding Suggestions
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GitHub Previews AI Tool That Makes Coding Suggestions

GitHub partnered with OpenAI to develop GitHub Copilot, which uses artificial intelligence to make it easier to learn to code.

The New Form of Currency
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The New Form of Currency

Central bank digital currencies hold the promise—and peril—of changing money as we know it.

Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade
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Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade

A $16-billion effort to modernize health records at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ran into major problems in its first installation, two watchdog reports...

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw
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Microsoft Issues Emergency Windows Patches for PrintNightmare Flaw

Bad actors can exploit the flaw to remotely run code on victims' computers.

Will AI Rewrite Coding?
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Will AI Rewrite Coding?

There is an emerging effort to tap artificial intelligence to write code based on short text descriptions of what the code should do.

What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?
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What Should Be a Student's First Programming Language?

Different universities have different answers for the question, reflecting both their teaching philosophies and their sense of which language will prove most important...

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots
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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?
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