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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows
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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows

Simulations of COVID-19 transmission within households conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa found that persons 20 years and younger have less coronavirus...

Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee
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Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee

A new blockchain platform named Lygon, formed by Australian banks ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac, IBM, and shopping center company Scentre...

Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption
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Swiss Company Says It Found Weakness That Imperils Encryption

Swiss technology company Terra Quantum said that it used quantum computers to expose vulnerabilities in commonly used encryption, which could threaten the confidentiality...

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics
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This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant...

Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame Rescue Is Buttressed by Digital Wizardry

Art historians, architects, computer scientists, and digital designers are leveraging virtual reality, 3D modeling, and cloud computing technologies to create a...

AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek
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AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek

Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI demonstrated that artificial intelligence agents learned the concept of object permanence — that objects hidden from view...

'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers
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'Multiplying' Light Could Be Key to Ultra-Powerful Optical Computers

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology have proposed a new optical computing method for solving higher-order...

AI Can Use the Veins on Your Hand Like Fingerprints to Identify You
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AI Can Use the Veins on Your Hand Like Fingerprints to Identify You

Researchers at the University of New South Wales trained a neural network to identify individuals using the unique pattern of veins on the back of their hands. ...

Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials
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Quantum Computing Enables Simulations to Unravel Mysteries of Magnetic Materials

Materials science simulations conducted by a multi-institutional research team on a quantum computer generated accurate results that can be confirmed with neutron...

Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets
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Forget Self-Driving Cars – the Pentagon Wants Autonomous Ships, Choppers, and Jets

From pilotless jets engaging in dogfights to huge undersea vessels ferrying troops, the Pentagon is pushing to increase the U.S. military's use of automation.

Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs
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Phishing Attack Uses Morse Code to Hide Malicious URLs

BleepingComputer has identified a new targeted phishing campaign in which emails pretending to be company invoices use Morse code in an attachment to hide malicious...

Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID
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Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID

Artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen can predict a patient's likelihood of dying from COVID-19 with up to 90% accuracy...

New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI
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New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI

Teams of researchers in the U.S. and Belgian have proposed a new kind of capacitorless dynamic random-access memory that could benefit AI applications.

Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits
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Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises New Era in Optical Circuits

University of Southern California researchers have demonstrated uniform emission of single photons from quantum dots arranged in a precise configuration.

Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist
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Dynamic 3D Printing Process Features Light-Driven Twist

Researchers at Northwestern University have a developed a three-dimensional printing technique that uses a liquid photopolymer activated by light.

Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense
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Algorithm May Be the Key to Timely, Inexpensive Cyber Defense

A team of researchers has developed an adaptive cyber defense against zero-day attacks using machine learning.

U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles
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U.S. IT Jobs Grow in January, Defying Broader Employment Struggles

Information technology (IT) employment consultancy Janco Associates estimates seasonally adjusted U.S. IT job growth in January was 18,200.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers
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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Honor 5 Women Researchers

A global UNESCO study found women remain a minority in mathematics, computer science, engineering, and artificial intelligence.

The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application
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The Computers Rejecting Your Job Application

While recruiters have been using artificial intelligence for the past decade, the technology has been greatly refined in recent years.
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