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July 2019


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The Fantastic Seven

The Fantastic Seven

Technion awarded honorary doctorates to seven distinguished men and women, including past ACM president Stuart I. Feldman.


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Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI

Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI

A new artificial intelligence/machine learning model can predict burn-related acute kidney injury quicker and more accurately than ever.


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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.


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A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app to commandeer a user's Webcam, a security researcher warns.


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Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?


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Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software

Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software

The moon landing was one of the most important moments in the history of computing, laying the foundations of much of our digital world.


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Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis.


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NASA Chooses MSU Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

NASA Chooses MSU Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

A radiation-hardened computer designed by Montana State University researchers was chosen by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be tested on the Moon.


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Baseball's Robot Umpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

Baseball's Robot Umpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.


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AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

AI Can Edit Photos with Zero Experience

Researchers are using deep internal learning, in which a machine learning algorithm ascertains the internal structure of a single image from scratch, to edit photos without previous training.


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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator.


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Chameleon Theory Could Change Our Thoughts on Gravity

Chameleon Theory Could Change Our Thoughts on Gravity

Massive supercomputer simulations of the universe will be used to test whether the Chameleon Theory (f(R)-gravity) could explain the formation of cosmological structures.


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American Voters Feel More Prepared for Election Hacking in 2020

American Voters Feel More Prepared for Election Hacking in 2020

Democrats were 35% more likely to say that they were at least slightly confident that the U.S. will be ready for any cyber attack in the 2020 Presidential elections than they were right before the 2018 midterm elections.


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Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Computers, he said, were so expensive to use that any idle time was a huge waste. But with time-sharing, computer time was carefully metered and wasted time all but eliminated.


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Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says

Alan Turing Will Be New Face of £50 Note, Bank of England Says

Alan Turing will be the face of Britain's new 50-pound note, the Bank of England announced.


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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

A new artificial intelligence program beat elite professional poker players at six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker.


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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

C2Land is an automated landing system that uses GPS for flight control, but does not require any ground-based antennas.


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Storing Data in Music

Storing Data in Music

Researchers have developed a method of embedding data in music in a way that is imperceptible to the human ear.


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Coast Guard Calls for Ships to Update Their Systems After Malware Attack

Coast Guard Calls for Ships to Update Their Systems After Malware Attack

The U.S. Coast Guard is recommending all ships update their cybersecurity, following a February malware attack on a vessel that "significantly degraded" its computer system.


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UC3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language

UC3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot to communicate in sign language.


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Coding for Disaster

Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.


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Major League Baseball 'Robot Ump' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

Major League Baseball 'Robot Ump' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

A computer in the press box communicated to the umpire whether each pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and the umpire relayed the calls to the field as usual.


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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data from traffic app Waze.


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Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.


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Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail

Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail

U.S. mall owners and retailers are ramping up their use of facial recognition to ascertain shoppers' traffic patterns, employee performance, and consumer response to displays and marketing.


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Chipping Away at Big Data

Chipping Away at Big Data

Neural network chips whittle big data down to size.


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Not Just Tech Bros

Not Just Tech Bros

Northwestern University's Sara Sood and Ian Horswill are working to make computer science more inclusive and appealing.


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U.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 Users

U.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 Users

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner’s Office has leveled a £183.39-million fine against British Airways for a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation.


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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.


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Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair

Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair

Samara-inspired drones can help deliver airborne payloads in a simple, reliable, inexpensive manner.

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