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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.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction
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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing
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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology
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Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology

An international team of engineers and researchers created a framework to assess and document the clinical usefulness of wearable computing devices.

Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Dispatchers and first responders are using technology like live video streams, text messaging, and crowdsourced data to help 911 centers during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip
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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Researchers in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.  

Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance
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Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance

Artificial intelligence has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation.

China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears
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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.

Scanning the Skies for Danger
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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.

Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat
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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Researchers developed a new wearable sensor that monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.

Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit
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Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya discovered a previously unknown Distributed Denial of Service exploit.

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid
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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions
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Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

The fashion industry is seeking technological solutions to the growing problem of unwanted textiles through tailored apparel.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

An Animating Spirit
From Communications of the ACM

An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...
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