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October 2020


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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.


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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.


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The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

The Algorithm That Could Get You Back in the Office

As company offices reopen, some are using software to help them shuffle employees, schedule meetings, map office hot spots, and practice social distancing.


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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer.


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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University used positive reinforcement to show a robot how to teach itself new tasks quickly.


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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers.


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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.


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Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations

Website Predicts Likelihood of Cyberattacks Between Nations

Computer scientists have created a database that aims to predict the likelihood of cyberattacks between nations.


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Smarter Models, Smarter Choices

Smarter Models, Smarter Choices

A new high-confidence approach to artificial intelligence-based models incorporates uncertainty, error, physical laws, expert knowledge, and missing data within its calculations.


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Throwable Robot Car Always Lands on Four Wheels

Throwable Robot Car Always Lands on Four Wheels

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy have developed robot that can be thrown or dropped and always lands the right way up.


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With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.


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Teaching Cybersecurity

Teaching Cybersecurity

U.S. cybersecurity education reboots for a wider reach.


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Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Officials Warn of Cyberattacks on Hospitals as Virus Cases Spike

Government officials warned that hackers were seeking to hold American hospitals' data hostage in exchange for ransom payments.


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Does Palantir See Too Much?

Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.


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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function.


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Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

As  the pandemic forces more people to do more business online, some companies have started redesigning their websites to make them more user-friendly for older adults.


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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.


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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.


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A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

A stretchable, skin-like device developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis communicate using small movements.


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App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

App to Help Voters Locate Ballot Drop Boxes

George Mason University's Massimiliano Albanese developed the myBallotBox app to help people locate drop-off boxes for mail-in ballots.


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Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing

Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. report the development of what they are calling the first biomimetic tongue using three-dimensional printing.


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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.


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How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around

How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around

Now for the hard part.


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Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

Ransomware vs WFH: How Remote Working is Making Cyberattacks Easier to Pull Off

This year has forced organizations to adapt quickly to enabling employees to work from home. That's creating 'chaos with no control' - which cyber criminals are exploiting.


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Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Michigan have developed a technique for generating non-volatile computer memory using titanium oxide.


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Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Experts have taken issue with Google Health's artificial intelligence model for predicting breast cancer.


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Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Singapore Tightens Security Requirements for Home Routers

Beginning next April, home Wi-Fi routers sold in Singapore must meet new security requirements.


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The World of TFNP

The World of TFNP

Finding a solution when you know one exists.


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Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

Russians Who Pose Election Threat Have Hacked Nuclear Plants and Power Grid

The hacking group, Energetic Bear, is among Russia's stealthiest. It appears to be casting a wide net to find useful targets ahead of the election, experts said.


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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further along.

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