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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage
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How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Tsinghua University in Beijing are studying how the coronavirus pandemic has changed U.S. electricity consumption.

Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy
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Plug-and-Play Lens Simplifies Adaptive Optics for Microscopy

An international team of researchers have developed a plug-and-play lens that streamlines adaptive optics for microscopy.

Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear
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Pandemic Makes Modeling's Importance Clear

The number of COVID-19 models was growing so numerous that one laboratory created a COVID-19 forecasting hub featuring an ensemble output of numerous models.

Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs
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Microsoft Releases Emergency Security Update to Fix Two Bugs in Windows Codecs

Security updates have been silently deployed to customers on Tuesday through the Windows Store app.

Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use
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Open Source Software Aims to Reduce Cybersickness in VR Use

Researchers have developed the first open-source Unity software toolkit that developers can use to incorporate techniques to reduce cybersickness into extended...

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise
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Australia Spending Nearly $1 Billion on Cyberdefense as China Tensions Rise

Officials promised to recruit at least 500 cyberspies and build on the country's offensive capabilities to take the online battle overseas.

This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie
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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.

Who Shares the Most Fake News?
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Who Shares the Most Fake News?

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers determined that Facebook promulgates more fake news than Twitter, which is most likely to be spread by liberal-conservative...

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.

Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?
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Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Many claim their employees are hyper efficient while working from home. But there are social and emotional costs to ambition in isolation.

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit
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Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans 'The_Donald' Subreddit

The influential pro-Trump community broke the rules on harassment and targeting, said Reddit, which also banned other groups.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science
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Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

New York University researchers found that higher academic achievement among men is not the underlying reason for more men than women majoring in science fields...

Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit
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Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated quantum entanglement on a mini-satellite orbiting earth.
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