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May 2022


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How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

How Smart Is AI After All These Years?

Virtual assistants seem to be great at retrieving facts, and absolutely terrible at giving advice as they have no common sense.


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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.


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Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials

Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are training microscopes to find new materials faster using an intuitive algorithm.


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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.


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Unpacking Black-Box Models

Unpacking Black-Box Models

A mathematical framework aims to quantify and evaluate the understandability of a machine learning model's explanations for its predictions.


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Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Neon Ice Shows Promise as Qubit Platform

Researchers created a new quantum bit (qubit) platform using frozen neon gas.


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Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Brown University scientists led a multi-institutional team in employing new DNA analysis methods to better understand genetic conditions' impact across different populations.


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ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

ACM Recognizes Far-Reaching Technical Achievements with Special Awards

Award recipients made contributions to areas including secure systems, software, privacy, and artificial intelligence.


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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.


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Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

Russia Was Behind Cyberattack in Run-Up to Ukraine War, Investigation Finds

The attack focused on a system run by Viasat, a California company that provides high-speed satellite communication services — and was used heavily by the Ukrainian government.


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Think Like a Computer

Think Like a Computer

A pilot program designed in part by educators at South Dakota's Sanford Underground Research Facility is introducing computational thinking into elementary school curricula.


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Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

Machine Learning Program for Games Inspires Development of Groundbreaking Scientific Tool

A reinforcement learning algorithm aims to speed up materials discovery by modeling material properties at the atomic and molecular scale.


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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.
 


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Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Proposed Search Strategies Improve Computational Cost of Bicycle-Sharing Problem

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science proposed two methods for reducing the computational cost of bicycle sharing systems without impacting performance.


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Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

Costa Rica's New President Declares State of Emergency After Conti Ransomware Attack

The attack crippled the country's customs and taxes platforms alongside several other government agencies, even bringing down one Costa Rican town's energy supplier.


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The Drones of War

The Drones of War

Drone makers are donating, or selling at cost, unmanned aerial drones to Ukraine.


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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.


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V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

V.R. 'Reminiscence Therapy' Lets Seniors Relive the Past

Some care facilities are giving older adults a way to visit their pasts to boost their well-being.


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Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence

A new machine learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time.


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Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Pandemic Exposed Mental Health Divide Among College Students, Study Finds

Dartmouth College researchers found that smartphone technology and artificial intelligence could be employed as an "early detection system" for mental health issues.


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Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, Microsoft Want to Kill the Password with 'Passkey' Standard

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are launching a "joint effort" to "expand support for a common password-less sign-in standard created by the FIDO Alliance and the World Wide Web Consortium."


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Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

Researchers Use AI to Detect Weak Heart Pump via Patients' Apple Watch ECGs

A new artificial intelligence algorithm can identify patients with weak heart pumps based on single-lead ECG tracings from an Apple Watch.


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Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway

Automatic Audio Loggers Map the Sound of Norway

Audio recorders have reliably identified birds in Norwegian forests by their songs.


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Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

Digital Twins Aid Giving Individual Patients the Right Treatment at the Right Time

An international team of researchers has modeled digital twins of diseases, in order to improve diagnosis and treatment.


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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade.


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Two Papers Selected to Receive 2022 Dijkstra Prizes

Two Papers Selected to Receive 2022 Dijkstra Prizes

Together, the papers revolutionized both the theory and practice of nonblocking algorithms. 


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David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

David Walden, Computer Scientist at Dawn of Internet, Dies at 79

In 1969, he was part of a team of young engineers who built the first machine to switch data among computers using the Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet.


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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.


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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.


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Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth

Women in Computer Science Strives for Community, Professional Growth

Co-faculty advisor Mary Lauren Benton said she thinks more female role models are needed in the field to encourage women to believe computer science is a viable choice for them.