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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing
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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.

Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap
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Australia's new Quantum-Supercomputing Innovation Hub, CSIRO Roadmap

Australia's Pawsey Supercomputing Center and quantum computing startup Quantum Brilliance have announced a quantum-supercomputing innovation hub.

Giving AI Common Sense
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Giving AI Common Sense

Can we teach smart machines what is obvious to every 10-year-old?

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures
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Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

A new tool allows anyone to render mathematical abstractions as illustrations.

Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts
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Apple Fixes Bug That Could Have Given Hackers Full Access to User Accounts

The Sign in with Apple tool has fixed a bug that could enable attackers to gain access to email accounts.

Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning
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Butterfly Landmines Mapped by Drones, Machine Learning

Researchers say drones and advanced machine learning can be used to detect improvised explosive devices and butterfly landmines.

Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review
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Algorithms Used in Policing Face Policy Review

The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month published the first half of a review of privately developed algorithms used in policing.

Evacuating Virtual Buildings
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Evacuating Virtual Buildings

Researchers in the Netherlands are studying how virtual reality and augmented reality could help explain the behavior of pedestrians.

Harvard Professor Receives Prize for Contributions to Theoretical Computer Science
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Harvard Professor Receives Prize for Contributions to Theoretical Computer Science

Harvard University professor Cynthia Dwork has been named to receive the 2020 Donald E. Knuth Prize for contributions to theoretical computer science.

IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time
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IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time

Researchers at IBM have developed a reconfigurable parallel processing system called the IBM Neural Computer.

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes
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You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes

New software can determine whether your smile is real or faked.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers
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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.

Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding
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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

New Zealand software firm Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to repurpose the latter's four-legged robotic dog for sheep herding.

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.

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real
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Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Some improvements to artificial intelligence may come from tweaks rather than core innovations, and some of those gains may not exist at all.
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