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April 2020


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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.


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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming language.


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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.


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Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

Researchers have proposed a new technique for permanently altering survey datasets to shield consumers’ privacy, while retaining a reasonable degree of accuracy.


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Power to the People

Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence software helps citizens end-run censors.


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2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith

2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith

The first woman to win this top communications science award, Goldsmith was honored for her groundbreaking work to deliver high-performing cellular and Wi-Fi services.


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Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

A new system taps human muscle signals via wearable sensors to pilot a robot.


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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.


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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust in the device.


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Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks.


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Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs

Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs

Social enterprises like Circle have initiated programs to improve women's job prospects in Pakistan's information technology sector.


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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know or consent to being watched.


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ACM Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

ACM Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Eight members of ACM were among the 120 members and 26 international members elected to the National Academy of Sciences this week.


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NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak

NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a semi-autonomous robot that can quickly disinfect large surfaces.


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Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers in Japan have developed a new annealer architecture to handle combinatorial optimization problems.


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CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk

CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk

CaixaBank in Spain has created a machine learning algorithm to calculate customer credit risk using quantum computing technology.


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Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible

Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible

Intel is chipping away at quantum computing with its Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip.


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Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19

Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19

To maintain trust, governments must put much-needed artificial intelligence governance architectures in place.


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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.


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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.


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Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

A "pandemic drone" is being tested by police in Westport, CT,


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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs.


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Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus

Robot Helping Hospitals Remotely Treat Coronavirus

A robot is being used at Brigham and Women's Hospital of Harvard University to handle remote triage of patients suspected of having COVID-19.


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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Researchers combined two techniques—radio frequency (RF) photonics sensing and quantum metrology—to give sensor networks a never-before-achieved level of precision.


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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts.


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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.


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This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation

This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation

A ball-shaped robot is helping astronauts on the International Space Station manage tasks, stress, and the isolation of living 200 miles above our planet’s surface.


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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing.


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Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Flaw in iPhone, iPads May Have Allowed Hackers to Steal Data for Years

Apple will patch a flaw that iPhones and iPads may have harbored for years.


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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers

White-hat hackers are helping thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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