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July 2019


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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 ­pdate Their Systems After Malware Attack

Coast Guard Calls for Ships to ­pdate 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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­C3M Programs a Humanoid Robot to Communicate in Sign Language

­C3M 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 ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' 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 ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

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

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

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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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission.


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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.


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The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks

The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks

They may lead to better neural networks.


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Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem

Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem

A new wave of spamming attacks on a core component of PGP's ecosystem has highlighted a fundamental weakness in the whole ecosystem.


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Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

Some say a new department is needed to coordinate the nation's defenses. Others say it would only weaken those defenses.


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Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice

Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice

A new report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to help Internet of Things users protect themselves, their data, and their networks from security and privacy risks.


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Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Researchers are working to resolve the fact that spiking neurons currently have no way that they can be trained via gradient descent—the basis of conventional machine learning.


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How Computing Goes Green

How Computing Goes Green

Tech companies have bigger carbon footprints than ever. Here's what some of them are doing about it.


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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.


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How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist

How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist

A team of researchers compared quantum computers developed by IBM, Rigetti Computing, and the University of Maryland.


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Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Travelers entering China from Kyrgyzstan must install an app on their phones, and researchers have analyzed how the app works.