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Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify
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Hurricane Forecasters Turn to New Tools to Predict When Storms Will Rapidly Intensify

Scientists with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working to gain a better understanding of what happens within a hurricane during periods...

Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure
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Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure

Today, Unix powers iOS and Android—its legend begins with a gator and a trio of researchers.

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules
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Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways...

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.
From ACM TechNews

People Do Grammar Bad. Google's AI is Hear Too Help.

Google has launched an artificial intelligence-powered tool that automatically detects grammar mistakes while messages are being composed in Gmail, and auto-corrects...

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors
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AI Analysis Gives Guidance to Crisis Counselors

Researchers used state-of-the-art natural language processing to learn how the language employed by crisis counselors systematically changes over time

Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now
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Developer Jobs: From SQL to Java, These are the Skills Companies are Looking for Now

More than 140,000 advertisements for IT jobs were listed in the U.K. in the second quarter of this year, 13% fewer than were listed in the first quarter

Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots
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Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots

New soft robotic systems inspired by origami can move and change shape in response to external stimuli.

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
From ACM TechNews

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You
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Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You

Researchers at Facebook have developed a tool that lets users better see and control the information the company has collected about their browsing habits outside...

Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education
From ACM TechNews

Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education

The newly released Multi-agent System for non-Holonomic Racing (MuSHR) platform is intended for use in assembling a robotic race car, as well as for use as a tool...

Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers
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Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers

A new technique can transform the quantum behavior of an intermetallic crystal of cerium, palladium, and silicon so electrons compete to occupy either orbitals...

LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet
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LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet

Light is the power behind the global Internet; it may soon help us connect at work and at home, too

AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
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AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently

A new system automatically learns how to optimally allocate data processing workloads across thousands of servers as a means of boosting data center efficiency....

Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need
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Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need

The present state of software engineering education at universities does not meet the needs of technology-based software startups, according to a new study.

AR Glasses May Help People with Low Vision Better Navigate Their Environment
From ACM TechNews

AR Glasses May Help People with Low Vision Better Navigate Their Environment

Adapted augmented reality eyewear can improve mobility and grasp performance in people with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water
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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

A new smartphone app can detect extremely small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when used with a microscope attachment...

Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call
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Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call

The Democratic National Committee warned its Rules and By-Laws Committee that virtual caucusing via teleconferencing may be untenable, as experts successfully hacked...

Universal Algorithm Set to Boost Microscopes
From ACM TechNews

Universal Algorithm Set to Boost Microscopes

A new algorithm  can ascertain within seconds whether a super-resolution microscope is operating at maximum resolution, from just one image.
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