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April 2021


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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can speed up X-ray diffraction data analysis and improve accuracy in searches for new materials.


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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.


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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.


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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.


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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.


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Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs.


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AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say

AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say

Researchers have released the most accurate estimates to date for the carbon footprint of large artificial intelligence systems.


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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.


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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.


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Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?

Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?

A professional social network surveyed users at technology firms in five U.S. cities to determine which cities they think treat tech workers best.


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Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said hackers had infiltrated federal agencies and other critical organizations.


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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.


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A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry

A Tiny Part's Big Ripple: Global Chip Shortage Hobbles the Auto Industry

Almost every carmaker has had to curtail production, hampering the economic recovery.


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Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.


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New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Final rules from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration that permit small drones to fly over people and to fly at night took effect April 21.


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Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer Modeling Suggests That T. Rex Was Slow Walker

Computer models created by researchers suggest the dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex had a slow walking speed.
 


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AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

AI Shows 2 Scribes Wrote One of the Dead Sea Scrolls

One of the Dead Sea Scrolls was written by two scribes with very similar handwriting, according to researchers at the Netherlands' University of Groningen.


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Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time

Study: 'Fingerprint' for 3D Printer Accurate 92% of Time

To reduce illicit use of three-dimensional printers, researchers devised a method to accurately identify each machine’s unique "fingerprint."


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Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs

Facebook's Ad Algorithms Still Excluding Women from Seeing Jobs

Its ad-delivery system is excluding women from opportunities without regard to their qualifications. That would be illegal under U.S. employment law.


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Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout

 Tech Chiefs Get Creative to Cure Employee Burnout

More than a year into the pandemic's remote work, corporate tech leaders try to help staff fight feelings of loneliness, fatigue.


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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.


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How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected STEM Pay and Job Prospects?

How Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected STEM Pay and Job Prospects?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a bumpy ride for many sectors, but a New Scientist Jobs/SRG survey shows science and tech have weathered the storm better than most.


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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.


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Brazilian Government Launches Toolkit to Support Data Protection Compliance

Brazilian Government Launches Toolkit to Support Data Protection Compliance

Brazil's Digital Government Secretariat has rolled out a toolkit to facilitate central government agencies' compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.


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Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook Dataset Addresses Algorithmic Bias

Facebook has made public its Casual Conversations dataset, comprised of more than 45,000 videos of 3,000 individuals of different skin tones sharing their age and gender.


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A Molecule That Responds to Light

A Molecule That Responds to Light

Researchers have advanced the development of molecule-based materials that can serve as light-addressable fundamental quantum bits.


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15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021

15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021

The 2021 AI Index provides insight into jobs, publications, diversity, and more.


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The Economic Payoff of Federally Funded IT Research

The Economic Payoff of Federally Funded IT Research

How basic IT research has yielded huge commercial benefits.


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A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.


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Modeling Shows Pandemic Eviction Bans Protect Entire Communities From Covid-19 Spread

Modeling Shows Pandemic Eviction Bans Protect Entire Communities From Covid-19 Spread

Researchers used computer modeling to determine that eviction bans during the COVID-19 pandemic lowered infection rates, shielding entire communities from the virus.