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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are
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Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are

An artificial intelligence system developed by scientists at Canada's University of Victoria can ascertain the predicted chemical composition of drugs.

Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys
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Side-Channel Attack Can Recover Encryption Keys From Google Titan Security Keys

Researchers at French security company NinjaLab found a vulnerability impacting chips used in Google Titan and YubiKey hardware security keys.

CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report
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CISQ Publishes the Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S.: A 2020 Report

Software quality is crucial to delivering value to organizations, U.S. economy.

“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”
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“Can You Hear Me Now That I’m On 5G?”

Additional 5G spectrum is on the way…but which entity will control it?

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level
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Biden Will Elevate White House Science Office to Cabinet-Level

In a move that signals the importance of science to the incoming administration, President-elect Joe Biden announced a plan to make the White House Office of Science...

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem
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Social Media Manipulation by Political Actors an industrial Scale Problem

A 2020 survey of 81 countries by the U.K.'s Oxford Internet Institute uncovered evidence of social media manipulation of political communications in each country...

2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations
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2020 ACM Fellows Recognized for Work That Underpins Today's Computing Innovations

ACM has designated 95 members 2020 ACM Fellows for their significant contributions to a multitude of computing fields.  

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help
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Spider Legs Build Webs Without the Brain's Help

Researchers have simulated the way each leg of a spider functions as a semi-independent "computer," with sensors that trigger movements based on environmental readings...

Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks
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Hack the Army Bug Bounty Challenge Asks Hackers to Find Vulnerabilities in Military Networks

The Defense Digital Service and HackerOne are calling on military and civilian hackers to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the U.S. Army's computer systems...

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision
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Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200...

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech
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Millions Flock to Telegram, Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

The encrypted messaging services have become the world's hottest apps over the last week, driven by growing anxiety over the power of the biggest tech companies...

Just Think: The Outlook for BCI
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Just Think: The Outlook for BCI

Where Brain-Computer Interfaces are headed.

U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research
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U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research

If funded, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which became law last week, would significantly ramp up federal AI investments.

White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office
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White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

The White House's new National AI Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal Government's efforts to maintain its leadership position in artificial intelligence...
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