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Learning to Look
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Learning to Look

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute have developed an algorithm that could improve the accuracy of searches in microbial and metagenomic...

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November
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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats
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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.

The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think
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The Fastest Growing U.S. City for Tech Pros Is Not Where You Think

Talent acquisition company iCIMS found that Raleigh, NC, was the top U.S. city for tech job growth, as the number of available tech jobs there grew 56.9% year over...

'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos
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'Deepfakes' Trigger a Race to Fight Manipulated Photos, Videos

Startups, government agencies, and academics are working to develop a method to combat doctored videos and photographs.

Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners
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Stanford Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

Stanford University researchers have developed a camera system that can reassemble scenes and detect moving objects hidden around corners, by analyzing the reflections...

Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability
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Capital One Data Breach Tied to Cloud Computing Vulnerability

Experts attribute the Capital One data breach to exploitation of a vulnerability in the firewall of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which the bank used to store its...

Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data
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Calls Mount to Ease Big Tech's Grip on Your Data

A growing number of academics, economists, technologists, and lawmakers are working to reimagine the current environment in which a few large technology companies...

A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.

AI Radar System Can Spot Miniature Drones 3km Away
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AI Radar System Can Spot Miniature Drones 3km Away

A new radar system can detect subminiature drones up to 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away.

Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.
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Ever Wonder How Much Tech Workers Get Paid in Your Town? This Map Might Have the Answer.

While San Jose and San Francisco remain the top U.S. cities in terms of salaries for technology professionals in 2019, smaller metro areas are becoming mini tech...

Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections
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Microsoft Data Shows Hackers Still Targeting U.S. Elections

A recent blog post from Microsoft indicates that nearly 10,000 state-sponsored attacks have been detected globally in the past year.

The Drive to Quantum Computing
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The Drive to Quantum Computing

The U.S. National Quantum Initiative will support the push towards a quantum computing infrastructure, ecosystem, and workforce.

Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption
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Barr Warns Time Is Running Out for Companies to Open Encryption

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said time may be running out for major technology companies to voluntarily provide law enforcement officials access to the encrypted...

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms
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Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australian regulators intend to launch the first office committed to policing algorithms used by technology giants like Facebook and Google, to better understand...

Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms
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Study Addresses Low Female Participation in STEM Classrooms

Increasing class size has the greatest negative impact on female participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classrooms.

This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes
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This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes

A new deep neural network architecture can identify manipulated images at the pixel level with high precision.

VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios
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VR Helps Police Train for Active-Shooter Scenarios

The New York City Police Department is using virtual reality to help train officers for active-shooter scenarios.

Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question
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Supercomputers Use Graphics Processors to Solve Longstanding Turbulence Question

Researchers have solved a longstanding question in turbulence using supercomputers running simulations on graphics processors originally developed for gaming.
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