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The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows
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The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows

COBOL is one of the top mainframe programming languages in use, but most schools and universities have not taught COBOL  in decades.

Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award
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Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award

Hanan Samet was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Impact Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL).

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.

2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware
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2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware

An international team developed a monolithic three dimensional integrated chip comprised of layered two-dimensional materials.

Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic
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Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic

Arkose Labs reported malicious attacks by bots and human fraud farms accounted for 73% of all Web and app traffic in the third quarter of 2023.

Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice
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Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice

Researchers developed a method to protect wind turbines from ice using drones.

DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Harvard-led team develops novel logical qubits to enable scalable quantum computers.

Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots
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Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots

By knitting together multiple components and data streams, multimodal AI offers the promise of smarter, more human-like systems.

Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected
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Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected

DeepMind product VP Eli Collins claims Gemini Ultra can comprehend "nuanced" information in text, images, audio and code.

A Drone with Ears
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A Drone with Ears

Researchers developed a microphone array that can be added to drones, along with cameras, to help locate disaster victims.

Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors
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Network of Robots Monitors Pipes Using Acoustic Wave Sensors

Researchers showed that guided acoustic wave sensors can enable networks of independent robots to inspect large pipe structures for defects.

Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide
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Wearable Communication System Could Reduce Digital Health Divide

University of Arizona (UA) researchers developed a wearable monitoring system that can send health data up to 15 miles without major infrastructure.

How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms
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How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms

Alarmed by the power of artificial intelligence, Europe, the U.S. and others are trying to respond, but the technology is evolving more rapidly than their policies...

Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks
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Magnetic Revolution: Diamonds and Rust Rewrite Physics Textbooks

The researchers observed that magnetic monopoles in hematite emerge through the collective behavior of many spins (the angular momentum of a particle).

Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'
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Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'

Scientists taught an algorithm to better predict an individual's tastes in wines.

A Simpler Means for Visible Light Communication
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A Simpler Means for Visible Light Communication

Researchers at China's Nanchang University have developed a visible light communication (VLC) equalizer based on a single-order circuit.

Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots
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Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots

A research team developed a tool that uses large language models to code new tasks for robots, which it then simulates.

Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture
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Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture

Protecting the U.S. food supply from cyberattack.

IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits
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IBM's 'Condor' Quantum Computer Has More Than 1,000 Qubits

IBM has revealed two quantum computers. One is the second-largest ever made, and the other produces fewer errors than any quantum computer the company has built...
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