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IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities
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IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities

IBM announced its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), led by Howard University and 12 other...

Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature normalization and feature attention modules into a hybrid attentive normalization...

Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems
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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems

Researchers have developed a modeling and simulation toolkit to help researchers and city planners determine the specific advantages and disadvantages of urban...

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues
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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions...

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails
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The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

The Phish Scale could help organizations better train their employees to avoid being deceived by seemingly trustworthy emails.

This Unheard Steve Jobs Tape is Part of an Amazing Trove of Tech History
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This Unheard Steve Jobs Tape is Part of an Amazing Trove of Tech History

When Steve Jobs demoed his NeXT computer at a 1988 user meeting, Charles Mann was there to record it—along with dozens of other talks by computing pioneers.

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

Genetic Analysis Method Could Advance Personal Genomics
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Genetic Analysis Method Could Advance Personal Genomics

The laboratory ofJohns Hopkins University's Alexis Battle developed software that could help identify more causes of genetic disorders, especially when used with...

Most Cybersecurity Reports Only Focus on the Cool Threats
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Most Cybersecurity Reports Only Focus on the Cool Threats

A study found just 82 of 629 commercial cybersecurity reports published in the last decade discuss threats to civil society, with the rest devoted to cybercrime...

AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips
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AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips

Researchers at India's International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) have developed artificial intelligence that tweaks video footage in real time to...

'We Have Emphasized Learning and Compassion'
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'We Have Emphasized Learning and Compassion'

Computer science instruction adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us
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Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us

Computer scientists are using artificial intelligence and digital databases to examine dreams and potentially identify mental issues.

Stanford Researchers Devise Way to See Through Clouds, Fog
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Stanford Researchers Devise Way to See Through Clouds, Fog

A new system can see through walls using a laser with a super-sensitive photon detector and an algorithm that can reconstruct hidden scenes based on photons's movements...

Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression
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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression

A study from Dartmouth College found information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions...

Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years
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Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater datacenter that it sunk off the coast of Orkney in Scotland two years ago, and is analyzing its performance data.

AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers
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AI Tech to Spot Dangerous Drivers

An automated system for vehicle license plate recognition could help identify dangerous drivers in real time before an incident occurs.

Amazon to Provide Computer Science Education for Over 550,000 K-12 Students Annually
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Amazon to Provide Computer Science Education for Over 550,000 K-12 Students Annually

Amazon Future Engineer also launched the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge, a coding competition that teaches the basics of computer science in the context of a real...

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.
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