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November 2021


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World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

The World Bank's Climate Warehouse program is consulting with cryptocurrency startups like the Chia Network to build a "public-good layer" for climate.


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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships.


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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure."


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Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law

Australia Says U.S. Facial Recognition Software Firm Clearview Breached Privacy Law

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner said Clearview AI violated domestic privacy laws by collecting images from Websites without Australians' consent.


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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.


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A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient

A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient

A quantum computing breakthrough just brought applications years closer.


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Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills

Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.


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Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation

Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation

Said Berners-Lee, "The tracks are laid, the trains are ready to run, trusted data is ready to flow."


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Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter.


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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.


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Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior

Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior

Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say is 91% accurate in predicting suicidal thoughts and behavior (STB) among adolescents.


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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.


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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.


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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.


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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.


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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.


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Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change.


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Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks

Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks

Ballyhooed artificial-intelligence technique known as "deep learning" revives 70-year-old idea.


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Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

An international research team developed a visual analytics tool to address challenges faced by child welfare specialists using machine learning models to screen cases.


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Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather

Scientists say climate change is now the primary driver of extreme wildfires in the western U.S., with global warming largely responsible for conditions fueling the blazes.


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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.


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Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Florida Atlantic University researchers studied the effectiveness of interactive robotic pet cats in improving mood, behavior, and cognition in older adults with dementia.


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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.


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A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

It harks back to a 19th-century idea about evolution.


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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

The National Security Commission on AI included members from Oracle, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Some of its recommendations are already federal law.


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Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Businesses are already exploring the future potential of quantum computers, and some industries anticipate big changes ahead.


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For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

A risk prediction model tailored to Black women has been developed for use in primary care settings to identify those at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer.


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Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting robots can enter buildings that human firefighters cannot. Researchers are working to develop firefighting robots that can make decisions autonomously.


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Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

Academy Student's Math Project Wins National STEM Competition

A ninth grader at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering contest.


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Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

Afghan Girls Learn, Code 'Underground' to Bypass Taliban Curbs

Hundreds of girls and women in Afghanistan continue to learn, either online or in hidden makeshift classrooms.