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Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility
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Tech Hiring Slows as Businesses Grapple with Economic Volatility

A report by information technology trade group CompTIA found that U.S. employers slashed 19,000 IT jobs during March.

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
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'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'
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RAND Study Advocates 'Postquantum Cryptography'

A government think tank says a coordinated, long-term approach is needed to confront the "retroactive risk" to secure communications posed by quantum computing....

Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much
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Followers May Tune Out When Municipalities Tweet Too Much

The more municipalities tweet, the less likely it is that followers would respond to any individual message, according to new research.

Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany
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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany

The tool gives doctors an easy way to see critical care bed capacities in German hospitals.

Balcan to Receive ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for Innovations to Machine Learning
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Balcan to Receive ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for Innovations to Machine Learning

Carnegie Mellon University's Maria Florina “Nina” Balcan has been named recipient of the 2019 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award for her contributions to minimally supervised...

Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation
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Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation

Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories researchers are three-dimensionally (3D) printing minerals, in order to learn to better predict how and where...

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

A Digital Court for a Digital Age
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A Digital Court for a Digital Age

Researchers have created a mechanism that uses blockchain to settle legal disputes.

AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19
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AI-Powered Search Engine Makes It Easier to Find Information in the Fight Against COVID-19

Researchers have developed a dedicated search engine for researchers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays
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Employers Face Shortages of Tech Gear as Coronavirus Forces Shipment Delays

The technology that has enabled the sudden shift to remote work is in short supply.

Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate
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Attackers Can Bypass Fingerprint Authentication with an ~80% Success Rate

Fingerprint-based authentication is fine for most people, but it's hardly foolproof.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
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Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus
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MIT Researchers Launch Location-Tracking Effort for the New Coronavirus

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and partner organizations have launched a project to track COVID-19 patients through their phones.

Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored
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Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored

Researchers  have discovered a metal-organic molecule that can switch between three distinct, long-lived states.

Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App
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Behind the Global Efforts to Make a Privacy-first Coronavirus Tracking App

The hope is that smartphone tracking — combined with widespread testing — can help create a framework for cities to let people resume their lives.

Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools
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Covid-19: The Race to Create Privacy-focused Contact Tracing Tools

As authorities seek technological solutions to the pandemic, experts fear the consequences for civil liberties.

Keeping Students Educated and Engaged
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Keeping Students Educated and Engaged

The use of distance learning has grown quickly in primary education, in response to school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk
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How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Researchers at Google have developed a robotic dog and taught it to walk by showing it motion-capture videos of real dogs walking on treadmills. 
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