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March 2020


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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.


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Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

Army Scientists Create Innovative Quantum Sensor

U.S. Army researchers have developed a quantum sensor that could give soldiers a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency spectrum.


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Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo Gamifies Self-Driving Car Data and Wants Everyone Involved

Waymo has expanded its Open Dataset and invited researchers to tackle one of five challenges related to the data.


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A Vector for Skulduggery

A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.


From ACM Careers

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For COVID-19

Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf Tests Positive For COVID-19

Tech pioneer Vinton G. Cerf, one of the co-creators of the modern Internet, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet Cerf sent out Monday morning.


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Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Your Laptop Can Help Fight COVID-19 With Folding@Home Project

Think of it as a telecommuter supercomputer.


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Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

Combined Social Distancing Measures Prove Effective in Reducing Spread of COVID-19

Researchers have confirmed through computer modeling that social distancing measures can reduce the number of cases of COVID-19.


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3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

3D Printing Foods with Complex Designs Can Trick Diners Into Eating Less While Still Feeling Full

Researchers have developed a method for three-dimensionally printing food that makes diners feel more satiated while eating less.


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Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

A new model could be used to quickly displace false information on social networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) and replace it with accurate information.


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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized initiatives in their spare time. 


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China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

China, Huawei Propose Reinvention of the Internet

Huawei, China Unicom, China Telecom, and China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have proposed a new standard for core network technology.


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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up to the November U.S. Presidential election. 


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MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design

MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.


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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.


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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.


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A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.


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3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe

3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe

A new three-dimensional view of methane concentrations worldwide combines datasets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetland sources into a high-resolution model.


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Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning

Video Game Experience or Gender May Improve VR Learning

Students using immersive virtual reality did not learn significantly better than those who used computer-simulated or hands-on learning methods, according to a new study.


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How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption

How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption

Researchers used artificial intelligence and machine learning to design a computer-vision system to keep traffic moving efficiently through intersections while minimizing fuel consumption.


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State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response

State, Local Governments Ask Technologists to Aid Coronavirus Response

With digital services swamped by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. state and local governments are asking technologists to volunteer to assist with response strategies.


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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.


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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data analytics and other technologies.


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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.


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Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Why People Delay Software Updates, Despite the Risks

Researchers found that the time-cost of software updates and users' risk preferences significantly impact whether they apply any specific update, and how long it takes them to do so.


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Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties

Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties

Scientists utilized machine learning to improve the accuracy of material testing.


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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

 If It Quacks Like a Duck...

The looming threat of artificial intelligence-based deepfake voice conversion.


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YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month

YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month

YouTube has reduced the quality of video streaming to standard definition around the world in an effort to ease Internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak.


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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.


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Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Hackers are targeting critical healthcare systems already strained by the coronavirus pandemic, compromising computer networks and disrupting patient care.\


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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations.

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