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Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars
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Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration Interplanetary Initiative is running a pilot program to assess simulated Mars habitats....

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best
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Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

A survey of developers found that that TypeScript has overtaken Python as the second most-preferred programming language.

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry
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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.

Microsoft: We Were Wrong about Open Source
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Microsoft: We Were Wrong about Open Source

Microsoft has embraced open source and even Linux in recent years.

Rust Marks 5 Years Since its 1.0 Release: The Long and Winding Road Actually Works
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Rust Marks 5 Years Since its 1.0 Release: The Long and Winding Road Actually Works

Programming language ready to leave the wilderness for mass adulation.

ALGOL 60 at 60: The Greatest Computer Language You've Never Used and Grandaddy of the Programming Family Tree
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ALGOL 60 at 60: The Greatest Computer Language You've Never Used and Grandaddy of the Programming Family Tree

Back to the time when tape was king.

Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks
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Software Developed by SMU Stops Ransomware Attacks

New software identifies ransomware attacks before attackers can cause catastrophic damage, even if the ransomware has not been previously used.

AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus
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AI Software Gets Mixed Reviews for Tackling Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence software used by hospitals to help diagnose and evaluate COVID-19 has drawn mixed reviews.

New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite
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New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite

Purdue University engineers have developed hardware that learns using artificial intelligence that currently runs on software platforms.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home
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How My Boss Monitors Me While I Work From Home

As we shelter in place in the pandemic, more employers are using software to track our work — and us.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs
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Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs

Social enterprises like Circle have initiated programs to improve women's job prospects in Pakistan's information technology sector.

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers
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Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

Kotlin has been the fastest-growing programming language over the past two years, according to developer analyst SlashData.

Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement
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Microsoft Throws Weight Behind Open Data Movement

Microsoft has announced its support for the open data movement.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.
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