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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm
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Clinical Trials Hit by Ransomware Attack on Health Tech Firm

Philadelphia-based software provider eResearch Technology was hit two weeks ago by a ransomware attack that has slowed clinical trials.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'
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Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'

Human Rights Watch warns a flawed algorithm for calculating monthly social security benefits in Britain is causing hunger, debt, and psychological distress.

GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early
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GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early

GitHub last week launched a code-scanning tool to help developers identify flaws in code prior to its public rollout.

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems
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Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems

Researchers found critical defects in two popular industrial remote access systems that attackers could exploit.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

CMU Scientists Solve 90-Year-Old Geometry Problem
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CMU Scientists Solve 90-Year-Old Geometry Problem

The math puzzle was resolved by translating it into satisfiability problem.

IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance
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IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance

Researchers are working on an open source project to determine and predict the orbits of anthropogenic space objects (ASOs)—man-made space debris—in order to avoid...

Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants
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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom
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Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom

A hacker who locked computer servers in Las Vegas' Clark County School District with ransomware released documents with stolen private data after officials refused...

Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites
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Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites

The U.K. this week launched four shoebox-sized "nanosatellites" into low Earth orbit.

Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech
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Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech

Women technologists account for 28.8% of the technology workforce this year, up from 25.9% in 2018 and 26.2% in 2019, according to AnitaB.org's 10th annual "Top...

America's Innovation Edge Now in Peril, Report Says
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America's Innovation Edge Now in Peril, Report Says

A sweeping report from Baker Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences urges significant policy and funding action to ensure the United States does...

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
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One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women
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In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women

Facial recognition algorithms have higher false-positive and lower false-negative rates for Black women, eyeglass wearers, and young children.

IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots
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IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots

A new algorithm trains an adversarial bot to automatically identify and exploit the weaknesses of master game bots trained by deep reinforcement learning algorithms...

Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly
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Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly

New computer models demonstrate how massive clumps of interstellar gas scatter some stars from their orbits and create galaxy disks with bright centers that fade...

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies
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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot
From ACM News

Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot

Julie Shah and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology build robots that can learn from demonstration, understand humans, and truly collaborate.
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