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COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)
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COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

The danger of relying on COBOL despite its obsolescence is not a new issue.

Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats
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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats

A team of collaborated on the development of wireless attachable "backpack" computers that can be used to track tiny animals in hard-to-reach habitats. 

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild
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CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to identify the few frames of interest among massive amounts of visual information.

Soil Sifters
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Soil Sifters

Algorithms and supercomputers help tease out how soil microbes affect global climate.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning
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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns
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Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns

Microsoft has issued a warning that a Windows zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in "limited targeted attacks" to execute malicious code on fully updated...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels
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Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels

A new artificial intelligence  system can predict air pollution levels as much as two days in advance.

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
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IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System
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Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System

Pohoiki Springs, an experimental system to be rolled out this month, mimics the way human brains work to do computations faster with less energy

U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles...

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks
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Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks

Extensive mitigations deployed during the last six years have failed to eliminate modern random-access memory (RAM) cards' vulnerability to Rowhammer exploits. ...

Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More
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Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More

A team of international researchers disclosed a previously undiscovered vulnerability that steals information from Intel's Software Guard eXtensions.
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