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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
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To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue
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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

Researchers have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Computer History Museum Honors Tech Legend Raj Reddy
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Computer History Museum Honors Tech Legend Raj Reddy

Raj Reddy was named one of the Computer History Museum's 2021 Fellow Award honorees.

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government
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In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government

Blockchains LLC's CEO Jeffrey Berns aims to create a futuristic "smart city" in Nevada where residents purchase goods and services with digital currency and record...

Computer Love
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Computer Love

A computer simulation developed by Dan Conroy-Beam at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a framework for evaluating theories of human mate choice...

Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows
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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows

Simulations of COVID-19 transmission within households conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa found that persons 20 years and younger have less coronavirus...

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry

Art historians, architects, computer scientists, and digital designers are leveraging virtual reality, 3D modeling, and cloud computing technologies to create a...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID
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Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID

Artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen can predict a patient's likelihood of dying from COVID-19 with up to 90% accuracy...

Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits
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Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits

University of Southern California researchers have demonstrated uniform emission of single photons from quantum dots arranged in a precise configuration.

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist
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Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist

Researchers at Northwestern University have a developed a three-dimensional printing technique that uses a liquid photopolymer activated by light.

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
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Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles
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U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles

Information technology (IT) employment consultancy Janco Associates estimates seasonally adjusted U.S. IT job growth in January was 18,200.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers
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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers

A global UNESCO study found women remain a minority in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.

Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack
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Poor Password Security Led to Recent Water Treatment Facility Hack

The breach involved an unsuccessful attempt by an adversary to increase sodium hydroxide in the water supply to dangerous levels via the water treatment plant's...
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