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June 2020


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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative extremists.


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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.


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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.


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Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Many claim their employees are hyper efficient while working from home. But there are social and emotional costs to ambition in isolation.


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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.


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Stopping the Exploiters

Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.

 


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Body of Knowledge

Body of Knowledge

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to enable students to learn from cadaver dissection.


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Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

New York University researchers found that higher academic achievement among men is not the underlying reason for more men than women majoring in science fields.


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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.


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Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated quantum entanglement on a mini-satellite orbiting earth.


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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.


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Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear Moves to Plug Vulnerability in Routers After Researchers Find Zero-Day

Netgear said it is close to releasing a patch for a software vulnerability that could enable hackers to remotely exploit home Internet routers to access devices running on those networks.


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Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store.


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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.


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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations.


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Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish

Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish

The new chips are made from gallium phosphide.


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RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

RIT Researchers Create Easy-to-Use Math-Aware Search Interface

Rochester Institute of Technology researchers have developed an online search interface that allows anyone to easily create, edit, or look up complex mathematical formulas.


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Michael Hawley, Programmer, Professor and Pianist, Dies at 58

Michael Hawley, Programmer, Professor and Pianist, Dies at 58

A man of manifold interests, his achievements ranged from developing ideas behind the so-called Internet of Things to publishing the world's biggest book.


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Blocking Facial Recognition

Blocking Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology faces opposition from technology industry giants, and from the grass roots.


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Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return

Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return

Soccer clubs are turning to technology as the English Premier League looks to restart while complying with numerous health and safety protocols.


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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.


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'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) engineers have built a robot designed to help conserve endangered species.


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Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

A new study found that more comment moderation is necessary to curtail racist and white supremacist content on Reddit.


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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.


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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.


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Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.

 


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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

A coalition of more than 1,000 researchers, academics, and experts in artificial intelligence condemned soon-to-be-published research claims of predictive crime software.


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Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

Researchers Develop Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new tool can determine whether mobile applications for children comply with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.


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Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas

Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas

George Washington University researchers found apparent racial bias in pricing algorithms used by ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.


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This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space

This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space

Cofense Intelligence, a developer of “intelligent phishing defense solutions,” is raising concerns about a new keylogger because of how quickly the malware is updated.

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