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July 2021


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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.


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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.


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Cybersecurity Technique Keeps Hackers Guessing

Cybersecurity Technique Keeps Hackers Guessing

Development Command's Army Research Laboratory ]has designed a machine learning-based framework to augment the security of in-vehicle computer networks.


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Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life

Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life

Purdue University researchers found in a recent study that putting a smartphone in dark mode is unlikely to save significant battery life.


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Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning teaching tool designed to assist computer science professors in gauging feedback from large numbers of students.


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Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow's exascale computers.


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Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

SentinelOne analysts were able to recreate the July 9 attack and identify the threat actor behind it.


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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.


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Reducing Digital Overload

Reducing Digital Overload

Considering ways to curb screen time and build healthier habits.


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White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

Securing critical infrastructure requires a "whole-of-nation" effort, government official says.


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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.


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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.


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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too tough a nut to crack. Are they right?


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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they plant through a new tool.


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Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data

Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data

Researchers have developed a technique to help computer vision algorithms more accurately process satellite imagery of the Earth, even when trained on limited data.


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Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer to test the behavior of isolated emergent magnetic monopoles.


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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions, including computer vision and robots.


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How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo use an advanced three-dimensional tracking system that captures athletes' performances in fine detail.


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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired.


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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

An untethered bipedal robot engineered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers and built by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics completed a five-kilometer run in just over 53 minutes.


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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot-square spots on Earth.


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High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

Scientists at Japan's Tohoku University have invented a virtual version of air hockey that uses shapeshifting virtual projections of paddles and pucks.


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Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies are building synthetic datasets when real-world data is unavailable to train artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies.


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The Great Quantum Computing Race

The Great Quantum Computing Race

Companies and countries are pouring tens of billions of dollars into different qubit technologies, but it's still too early to predict a winner.


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How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave

How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave

As surfing completes its first-ever Olympic ride, the sport is poised for another sea change thanks to artificial intelligence and big data.


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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.


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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time systems.


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UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University helps four-legged robots make quick adaptations to their environment.


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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different methods of street planting.


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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.

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