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September 2021


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Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Scaffolding Robot Buttresses Tipping Construction Industry

Like few other sectors, construction is being inundated with robots and technology.


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How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19

How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19

Researchers from multiple institutions collaborated on the development of an algorithm that can identify asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in travelers.


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Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure

Winged Microchip Smallest-Ever Human-Made Flying Structure

Flying microchips developed by engineers at Northwestern University could be used to monitor air pollution and airborne disease.


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SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

SpaceX Satellite Signals Used Like GPS to Pinpoint Location on Earth

Researchers have developed a method for locating a position on Earth using signals broadcast by SpaceX's Starlink Internet service satellites.


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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.


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Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits

Physicists, Colleagues Offer Way to Control Qubits

A research team has developed new techniques for controlling qubits, which could help improve the accuracy of quantum computers.


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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.


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U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'

U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'

The National AI Strategy includes a number of programs, reports and initiatives.


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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.


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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C

Devices using only wireless charging would be exempt from the mandate.


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Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

 Facebook Rolls Out News Feed Change That Blocks Watchdogs from Gathering Data

The tweak, which targets the code in accessibility features for visually impaired users, drew ire from researchers and those who monitor the platform


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Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

Quantum Supremacy Achieved by More Complex Quantum Computer

A quantum computer completed a calculation in 4.2 hours that would have taken a classical system thousands of years.


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ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

ML Method to Analyze Complex Scientific Data of Proteins

A new machine learning process enables faster analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance data than conventional methods, with comparable accuracy.


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Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Robot-Prepped Pizza at 800 Degrees

Autonomous pizza machine developer 800 Degrees Pizza has partnered with an international pizza brand to offer a fully automated pizza-making experience.


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Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication

Unique Amplifier Could Change Optical Communication

A new amplifier promises to revolutionize space and fiber communications.


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CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware

CISA, FBI, NSA Warn of Increased Attacks Involving Conti Ransomware


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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.


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Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero

Dialing the Trust Level Down to Zero

With cybersecurity under increasing attacks, experts say we should move to the Zero Trust Architecture. 


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2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential

2 Quantum Computing Breakthroughs Reveal the Technology's Commercial Potential

The research is significant because of the vast array of problems that can be addressed using Monte Carlo simulations.


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Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers

Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers

Real estate companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence in every aspect of buying, selling and home financing.


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Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI

Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI

Artificial intelligence-driven investigations into COVID treatments are yielding insights for application to future pandemic responses.


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A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems

A Way to Solve the 'Hardest of the Hard' Computer Problems

Scientists have vastly accelerated the speed and efficiency of reservoir computing to tackle some of the most difficult information processing challenges.


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Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Quantum Computer Helps Design Better Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai used a quantum computer to design a quantum bit that could power better quantum systems.


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Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Now We're Cooking with Lasers

Experiments by Columbia University researchers have considered different cooking modalities by exposing chicken to blue and infrared light, then 3D-printing a sample f0r evaluation.


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'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations

'Dislike' Button Would Improve Spotify Recommendations

A research team at Cornell University has developed a recommendation algorithm that could improve Spotify by incorporating both likes and dislikes.


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Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Biden Administration Combating Ransomware with Crackdown on Cryptocurrency Payments

Cybersecurity experts see exchanges as a weak point for ransomware gangs that otherwise operate wholly in on the Internet, all but untouchable by law enforcement.


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Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Drivers glanced less at the road and more on "non-driving related areas."


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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.


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Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Technology training company O'Reilly surveyed U.K. and U.S. software developers to assess trends in the data and artificial intelligence sectors.


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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult for consumers.

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