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November 2019


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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols and interruption of online services to prevent further infection.


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Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Quantum Computers Learn To Mark Their Own Work

Scientists have developed a test to verify that a quantum computer is providing correct answers to questions outside the scope of traditional computing.


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Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It

Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It

Google researchers have designed a prismatic light-emitting-diode (LED) "egg." 


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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning defendants risk scores.


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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148.6 petaflops. 


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The Longest Yard in Football

The Longest Yard in Football

The National Football League is starting to use tracking technology that can distinguish exact distances and measure the value of a single inch, which could dramatically change in-game strategy.


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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source of nuclear radiation and determine whether it has been shielded…


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Notes from SC19

Notes from SC19

The SC19 Supercomputing Conference has launched with the theme, "HPC is Now."


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Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Pressure-Sensing Drone Designed to Inspect Skyscrapers

Researchers at the Shenyang Institute of Automation in China have developed a prototype autonomous hexacopter drone that can inspect glass skyscrapers more quickly and safely than human inspectors.


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Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation

Deep Learning Expands Study of Nuclear Waste Remediation

Researchers have achieved exaflop performance on the Summit supercomputer. 


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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 


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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.


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NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays

NBA Teams Enhancing Fan Experience with High-Tech Replays

Six NBA teams are implementing 360-degree video replays in their arenas to augment the fan experience.


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How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

An international study gauges students' computer and information literacy skills, along with computational thinking.


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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.


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Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.


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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Researchers have developed a method of three-dimensionally printing a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it to function similarly to a human hand.


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Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Garry Kasparov and DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis discuss Kasparov's new book "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins," his chess match with IBM Deep Blue, and his thoughts on the future of …


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UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

The Living Computers museum in Seattle has been running UNIX version 0 on a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer.


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Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare

Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare

Quantum radar could have implications for how we diagnose disease and fight wars.


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Better Listening with Lossless Audio

Better Listening with Lossless Audio

The challenges and opportunities of Hi-Res streaming music services.


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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.


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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.


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IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM has launched a global weather model that it says offers more accurate forecasts for the entire world and can provide details for regions as small as two miles wide.


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Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham University students are using virtual reality technology to build their business skills in simulated environments.


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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy.


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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered space and move it.


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How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

Researchers have found Russia's Internet censorship laws have troubling implications for online freedom in the U.S. and other countries that share its decentralized network structure.


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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.


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Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

South African software developers in the fintech and cloud services sectors are the most highly paid developers, according to the “2019 State of South Africa's Software Developers Nation” report.