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Not Just Tech Bros
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Not Just Tech Bros

Northwestern University's Sara Sood and Ian Horswill are working to make computer science more inclusive and appealing.

Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair
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Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair

Samara-inspired drones can help deliver airborne payloads in a simple, reliable, inexpensive manner.

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers
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­.K.'s ICO Fines British Airways Record £183M Over GDPR Breach That Leaked Data From 500,000 ­sers

The U.K.'s Information Commissioner’s Office has leveled a £183.39-million fine against British Airways for a violation of the General Data Protection Regulation...

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship
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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks
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The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks

They may lead to better neural networks.

Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem
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Someone Is Spamming and Breaking a Core Component of PGP’s Ecosystem

A new wave of spamming attacks on a core component of PGP's ecosystem has highlighted a fundamental weakness in the whole ecosystem.

Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?
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Does the ­.S. Need a Cabinet-Level Department of Cybersecurity?

Some say a new department is needed to coordinate the nation's defenses. Others say it would only weaken those defenses.

Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning
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Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Researchers are working to resolve the fact that spiking neurons currently have no way that they can be trained via gradient descent—the basis of conventional machine...

Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice
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Before Connecting an IoT Device, Check Out a New NIST Report for Cybersecurity Advice

A new report from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to help Internet of Things users protect themselves, their data, and their networks...

How Computing Goes Green
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How Computing Goes Green

Tech companies have bigger carbon footprints than ever. Here's what some of them are doing about it.

How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist
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How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist

A team of researchers compared quantum computers developed by IBM, Rigetti Computing, and the University of Maryland.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.

How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer
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How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer

Ancient papyrus scrolls too fragile to unwrap are being scanned with the hope of "digitally unwrapping" and reading them.

Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed
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Code in Chinese Surveillance App Analyzed

Travelers entering China from Kyrgyzstan must install an app on their phones, and researchers have analyzed how the app works.

Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable
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Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable

Scientists have identified optimal types of solar power storage management algorithms.

It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It
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It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It

Can data be stored in orbiting laser beams?

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet
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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive?

China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big
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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the...
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