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April 2021


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Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook Algorithm Shows Gender Bias in Job Ads, Study Finds

Facebook disproportionately shows certain types of job ads to men and women, raising questions about efforts to eliminate bias in its algorithms.


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AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'

AI Could 'Crack the Language of Cancer, Alzheimer's'

A study has found that the "biological language" of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases can be predicted by machine learning.


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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless interruptions.


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Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024

Bitcoin Mining Emissions in China Will Hit 130 Million Tons by 2024

Researchers at China's Tsinghua University predicted Chinese bitcoin mining will emit roughly 130 million metric tons of carbon into the atmosphere by 2024.


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How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa

How AI could Revolutionize Biology — and Vice Versa

Last month, researchers reported using a new technique to figure out how genes are expressed in individual cells and how those cells interact in people who had died with Alzheimer's disease.


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A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode

A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode

Moore's Law is dead, right? Think again.


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As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them

A 2020 locust plague in East Africa was mitigated by technology-driven countermeasures.


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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant.


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Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

Scientists Harness Chaos to Protect Devices From Hackers

A new version of physically unclonable functions could prevent even the most sophisticated hackers from accessing electronic devices.


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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

A robot is using ultraviolet light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes, in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab Emirates.


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Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.


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Tim Cook's 5-Word Response to Facebook Is Brutal and Brilliant at the Same Time

Tim Cook's 5-Word Response to Facebook Is Brutal and Brilliant at the Same Time

Apple's CEO is clear that he isn't making decisions based on what's best for Facebook, but for Apple and its customers.


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Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI

Supply Chain Strains Sharpen Focus on AI

Artificial intelligence increasingly is being used to forecast demand more accurately, in order to optimize supply chains.


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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies.


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The State of Quantum Computing

The State of Quantum Computing

Recent developments in the field may signal quantum technology will soon be ready for prime time.


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How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?

How Can Government Attract the AI Talent It Needs?

Artificial intelligence can make the government more efficient and effective. But first, it has to hire the people who can make it all happen.


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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.


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Surveillance Nation

Surveillance Nation

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches, often without the knowledge of the public or their own departments.


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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a cultural flash point.


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Chip Industry Battle Royal: Arm Throws Down the Gauntlet at Intel’s Feet

Chip Industry Battle Royal: Arm Throws Down the Gauntlet at Intel’s Feet

Arm Ltd. has announced version 9 of its architecture. What does it mean for the semiconductor industry?


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This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again

This Old Programming Language is Suddenly Getting More Popular Again

Apple's Objective-C finally exits the top 20 list of popular programming languages tracked by Tiobe, but a 'dinosaur' language has had an unexpected boost.


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Google Wins Multibillion Dollar Copyright Fight With Oracle in Supreme Court

Google Wins Multibillion Dollar Copyright Fight With Oracle in Supreme Court

A lower court had ruled that Google's Android operating system infringed Java copyrights held by Oracle.


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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.


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A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework

A Successful Phonon Calculation Within the Quantum Monte Carlo Framework

An international team of scientists has enhanced quantum Monte Carlo computation speeds based on error reduction.


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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain barrier.


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Deep Learning Aces Protein Folding

Deep Learning Aces Protein Folding

In a long-running prediction challenge, DeepMind's algorithms change the game.


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Why Computers Won't Make Themselves Smarter

Why Computers Won't Make Themselves Smarter

We fear and yearn for "the singularity." But it will probably never come.


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Robot Senses Hidden Objects

Robot Senses Hidden Objects

A new robot can locate and grasp hidden objects using radio waves in combination with traditional computer vision.


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How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.


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Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan plans to issue digital vaccine passports to citizens who have been immunized against the coronavirus, in order to facilitate international travel.

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