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June 2019


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CMU Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

CMU Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

Carnegie Mellon University's Zachary Ulissi will be among the first scientists to use the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Perlmutter supercomputer, a pre-exascale system which will be delivered next…


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Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Dartmouth University researchers have developed a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance using smartphones, wearable fitness trackers, and a custom app.


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Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.


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Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.


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Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Researchers at Lancaster University have developed guidelines to help designers build safeguards into connected devices used by children.


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MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses. The AI can learn to see by touching, and learn to feel by seeing…


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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."


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Finding the Paradigms Underlying Computing in the Brain

Finding the Paradigms Underlying Computing in the Brain

James E. Smith presented "A Roadmap for Reverse-Architecting the Brain's Neocortex" today at ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference in Phoenix.


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Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb prosthetic liners.


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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after just a 37-second attack.


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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system that would flag smartphone users when an emotional crisis seemed…


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M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across multiple smartphones and tablets.


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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical scans to help diagnose and treat brain conditions.


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Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Investors Urge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.


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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.


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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.


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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.


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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three weeks.


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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.


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A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.


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U.S. Universities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. Universities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. universities are reevaluating their ties to Chinese artificial intelligence firm iFlyTek, whose voice recognition and analysis products are used by Chinese police.


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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.


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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.


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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.


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Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient

Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient

New open source software simplifies environmental DNA research by allowing scientists to quickly recognize a broad spectrum of species.


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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from pursuing the discipline.


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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.


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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Although a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs have convinced some physicists that a simple proof-of-principle is imminent.


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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'


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Who Owns Your Face?

Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

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