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November 2021


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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.


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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible, deforested areas.


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Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

What the world's fastest brain-typist is telling us about the future of computer interfaces.


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Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

A new artificial intelligence architecture that will handle many tasks at once.


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Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors

Quantum Computing: IBM Just Created This New Way to Measure the Speed of Quantum Processors

Big Blue has released a new metric, CLOPS, which puts a number on the speed of a quantum computer.


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Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff

Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff

A study finds that only 11% of firms that have deployed artificial intelligence are reaping a "sizable" return on their investments.


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America's Crypto Conundrum

America's Crypto Conundrum

Protecting security without crushing innovation.


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Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

Big Teacher Is Watching: How AI Spyware Took Over Schools

The pandemic caused schools to embrace laptops, tablets, Zoom, and an app called GoGuardian that tracks everything students (and, sometimes, parents) do online.


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Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

Facebook is Shutting Down its Facial Recognition System, Affecting Over a Billion People

The company will delete all of its face scan data, citing societal concerns and regulatory uncertainty.


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ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

ML Algorithms Can Be Improved Significantly for Medical Purposes

Researchers at South Africa's University of Johannesburg have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be enhanced significantly for medical purposes.


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State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

State Department to Form New Cyber Office to Face Proliferating Global Challenges

The U.S. State Department will establish a new bureau of cyberspace and digital policy as part of a reorganization intended to address international cybersecurity challenges.


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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Toshiba researchers have developed a secure quantum communication system.


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Sexual Harassment, Bias Against Women Persist in STEM Professions

Sexual Harassment, Bias Against Women Persist in STEM Professions

More than half of women in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) professions surveyed said they have been sexually harassed in the workplace.


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Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines

Human Creativity in the Age of Smart Machines

The story of how one organization helped the chronically homeless demonstrates the inherent value of observation, empathy, and perseverance.


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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.


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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items.


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Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Coding Bug Helped Researchers Build Secret BlackMatter Ransomware Decryption Tool

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Emsisoft helped recover encrypted files of victims of the BlackMatter ransomware operation.


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Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

Data-Driven Animations of Marine Mammals Combine Biology, Art, Computation

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have created tools and procedures for generating realistic, data-driven animations of marine mammals.


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'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

'PodoSighter' Uses AI to Identify Kidney Disease Indicator

The PodoSighter tool identifies early indicators of kidney disease by detecting podocytes, a specialized kidney cell damaged during early-stage kidney disease.


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Filtering for Beauty

Filtering for Beauty

Social media "influencers" use augmented reality filtering apps to appear more beautiful, together, and cool. Results may vary.


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Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.


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Holograms on the Horizon?

Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

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