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Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks
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Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks

A study by independent consumer body Which? found serious security flaws in connected cars from Ford and Volkswagen.

Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing
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Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing

The suburban town of Westport, CT, is deploying specialized police drones to yell at people who aren't standing six feet apart.

AI for Drug Design
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AI for Drug Design

Artificial intelligence allows the screening of billions of molecules, until you find the one(s) you want.

Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One
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Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One

The effectiveness of many technologies being developed to cope with wildfires in Australia hinges on the ability to predict how fuel types like eucalyptus trees...

France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker
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France Says Apple Bluetooth Policy Is Blocking Virus Tracker

France said Apple's Bluetooth policy is delaying a government contact-tracing application designed to contain the coronavirus.

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers
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Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

Kotlin has been the fastest-growing programming language over the past two years, according to developer analyst SlashData.

Rus Named to White House Science Council
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Rus Named to White House Science Council

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Daniela Rus has been selected to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World
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Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World

A new machine learning algorithm can recognize new fashions, then use images of  them to seek similar styles styles in a global database of geotagged images.

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm
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Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm

A new computer model can screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, such as arrhythmia.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Raspberry Pi-Powered Ventilator to Be Tested in Colombia
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Ventilator to Be Tested in Colombia

A robotics engineer with no prior experience developed and posted online plans for a ventilator made from a Raspberry Pi computer and easy-to-source parts.

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?
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Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?

Sophisticated tech used to gather and analyze information may be able to improve returns, but the data isn't showing it.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

Coronavirus Forces Silicon Valley to Reset its Moral Compass
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Coronavirus Forces Silicon Valley to Reset its Moral Compass

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a missionary zeal throughout Silicon Valley.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs
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These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs

Researchers in South Korea have built remote-controlled robots inspired by ladybugs, with wings that snap open, lock, and fold up like origami upon landing.

NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home
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NASA Using Red and Blue 3D Glasses to Drive Mars Rover While Working From Home

Planners are remotely piloting the Curiosity rover on Mars while working from home.
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