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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe
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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

A team of scientists used the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputer to measure quark interactions in hadrons.

Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair
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Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair

University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy has been named founding chair of the new ACM Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGENERGY)...

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality
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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.

Apple CEO Sounds Warning of Algorithms Pushing Society Towards Catastrophe
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Apple CEO Sounds Warning of Algorithms Pushing Society Towards Catastrophe

Tim Cook says there will be consequences to having 'rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms'.

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core
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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.

Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty
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Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty

Researchers formulated a new artificial intelligence method for reasoning about uncertainty.

Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data
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Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a computational tool that can reliably distinguish between cancerous and normal...

Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies
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Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies

Scientists have decrypted the biomechanical function of the labial mask of dragonfly larvae, leading to a bio-inspired robot modeled after the same operating principle...

It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems
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It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems

Artificial intelligence makes it hard to tell when decision-making is biased.

Helping NASA Return to the Moon
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Helping NASA Return to the Moon

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman to serve as launch director for the U.S. space agency.

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now
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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade...

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels
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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others...

Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption
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Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

A synthesizing compiler for homomorphic encryption can translate a plain-text unencrypted codebase into encrypted code on the fly.

Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells
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Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells

A technology developed at Australia's University of New South Wales Sydney enables three-dimensional printers to print bone-like structures, complete with living...

When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News
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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have determined that artificial intelligence can help assess news stories accurately, but only when a story is first...

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap
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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play
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Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function
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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.

They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin
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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey
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AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

In a survey of information technology leaders, 41% of respondents expect artificial intelligence to take over their roles by 2030.
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