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November 2022


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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has flown its shortest-ever flight following a software update.


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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

A machine learning algorithm autonomously classified 1,000 supernovae using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility sky survey instrument at Caltech's Palomar Observatory.


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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous.


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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?


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Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.


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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems.


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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.


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Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

South Korea has launched its first autonomous urban patrol robot, which patrols the streets of Seoul monitoring in search of dangerous situations.


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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.


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Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

The devices can be recharged with light.


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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.


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Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Quantum Computers Vulnerable to Eavesdropping Hackers

Allen Mi and colleagues at Yale University warn that even carefully wiping quantum computers of data would not thwart its theft by hackers.


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Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency

Chip Sandwich Pushes Boundaries of Computing, Data Transmission Efficiency

Engineers have developed an ultrafast electronic/photonic chip sandwich that generates minimal heat.


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Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

An experimental device under development by scientists at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to alert lifeguards when its wearer is drowning.


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The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The new prefixes come at a time when scientists and industries are dealing with data that need measurements going beyond the current range.


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AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem

AI is Solving Classical Computing's Quantum Problem

Quantum computers, once thought to be "superior" to classical computers, increasingly are being seen as yet another accelerator for specialized problems, according to IBM.


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Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

Hackers Strand Vanuatu's Government

A suspected cyberattack has disabled the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu's government since November 4.


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AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

An artificial intelligence (AI) model that makes suggestions to another AI generates results as good as if they were prompts from people.


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Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Skin-Like Electronics Could Monitor Health Continuously

Scientists are developing flexible wearable electronics that can monitor the wearer's health.


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Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis

Bowers CIS Community Celebrates Life of Juris Hartmanis

A dozen colleagues spoke about Hartmanis' significant contributions to the field of computer science.


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A Tribute to Valérie Issarny

A Tribute to Valérie Issarny

Valérie Issarny, a director of research at France's National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (Inria), passed away on November 12.


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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.


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Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

Scientists have enabled a low-cost and relatively small legged robot to adapt to obstacles.


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Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Semiconductor giant Intel claims its FakeCatcher technology can detect whether videos are genuine or deepfakes with 96% accuracy in real time.


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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels.


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2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to International Team for Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-class Supercomputers

2022 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to International Team for Particle-In-Cell Simulations on Exascale-class Supercomputers

The international team demonstrated a groundbreaking mesh refinement capability.


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Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?

Is This the Best Drone Racer in the World?

MinChan Kim, 18, is the pilot to watch when the Drone Racing League returns to NBC Sports this weekend.


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Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers

Java, Python Top Most Wanted List for Employers

The 2023 HackerRank Developer Skills Report ranked Java, Python, SQL, C++, and JavaScript as the programming language skills most in demand by employers and developers.


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This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change

This City-Building Video Game Takes on Climate Change

Recently released city-building strategy game Floodland has a post-apocalyptic storyline in which players must rebuild society following a catastrophic climate event.


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AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

AI-Designed Invisibility Cloak Could Hide Small Communication Devices

Researchers used artificial intelligence to design an invisibility cloak to conceal antennas or small communication devices from infrared light or microwave detectors.

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