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In Memoriam: John Horton Conway 1937-2020
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In Memoriam: John Horton Conway 1937-2020

Conway worked on the theory of finite groups, knot theory, number theory, combinatorial game theory, coding theory, and even recreational mathematics.

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.

Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012
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Linux Security: Chinese State Hackers May Have Compromised 'Holy Grail' Targets Since 2012

A BlackBerry research and intelligence team said five Chinese advanced persistent threat groups have long been attacking Linux servers.

Mirror Arrays Make Augmented Reality More Realistic
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Mirror Arrays Make Augmented Reality More Realistic

A compact augmented reality system uses an array of miniature mirrors to create virtual images that appear more "solid" in front of real-world objects.

Hackathons Target Coronavirus
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Hackathons Target Coronavirus

Thousands of technology enthusiasts and others worldwide are participating in hackathons to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility
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Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility

A report by information technology trade group CompTIA found that U.S. employers slashed 19,000 IT jobs during March.

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'
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RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'

A government think tank says a coordinated, long-term approach is needed to confront the "retroactive risk" to secure communications posed by quantum computing....

Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much
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Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much

The more municipalities tweet, the less likely it is that followers would respond to any individual message, according to new research.

Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany
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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany

The tool gives doctors an easy way to see critical care bed capacities in German hospitals.

Balcan to Receive ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for Innovations to Machine Learning
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Balcan to Receive ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for Innovations to Machine Learning

Carnegie Mellon University's Maria Florina “Nina” Balcan has been named recipient of the 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for her contributions to minimally supervised...

Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation
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Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation

Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories researchers are three-dimensionally (3D) printing minerals, in order to learn to better predict how and where...

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19
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AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19

Researchers have developed a dedicated search engine for researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays
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Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays

The technology that has enabled the sudden shift to remote work is in short supply.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
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Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus
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MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and partner organizations have launched a project to track COVID-19 patients through their phones.
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