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Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling Up DNA Data Storage
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Research Overcomes Key Obstacles to Scaling Up DNA Data Storage

North Carolina State University researchers have created new techniques for labeling and retrieving data files in DNA-based information storage systems.

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda
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Machine Learning Sniffs Out Its Own Machine-Written Propaganda

Researchers have modified a neural network to create a natural language processing algorithm that generates, as well as detects, convincing fake articles.

Margaret H. Wright Becomes 5th Woman to Receive SIAM’s Prestigious John von Neumann Prize
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Margaret H. Wright Becomes 5th Woman to Receive SIAM’s Prestigious John von Neumann Prize

Wright will deliver this flagship lecture at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in July.

Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear
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Microsoft Warns Users to Patch as Exploits for 'Wormable' BlueKeep Bug Appear

Microsoft has published an advisory calling on users to install a patch for a "wormable" vulnerability that could be exploited to launch attacks similar to WannaCry...

From Viruses to Social Bots, Researchers Unearth Structure of Attacked Networks
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From Viruses to Social Bots, Researchers Unearth Structure of Attacked Networks

Researchers are using a new statistical machine learning technique to explore how viruses interact with proteins in the body.

Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)
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Physicists Can Predict Jumps of Schrodinger's Cat (and Finally Save It)

Yale University researchers have developed a technique for saving Schrodinger's cat by predicting its jumps and taking real-time actions.

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.

Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments
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Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments

A new algorithm permits machines to sense their surroundings faster, which could help assistive robots operate more efficiently in unstructured environments.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears
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New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears

The Lockport, NY, city school district launch of a facial recognition system has resulted in some pushback from privacy advocates.

Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle
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Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle

An international team of researchers has integrated two computer models to highlight regions at highest risk for lumpy skin disease virus epidemics in cattle.

CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks
From ACM TechNews

CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Researchers have demonstrated how to use the commodity storage devices already in conventional computers to protect files against ransomware attacks.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

Justice Department Reportedly Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google
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Justice Department Reportedly Preparing Antitrust Probe of Google

Alphabet has faced antitrust probes before, but not from the U.S. Justice Department.

What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?
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What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?

Researchers have developed a method of teaching a computer to detect an indicator of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring
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SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

A new environmental monitoring robot measures chemical and climate-related changes in forest canopies, and is powered by photovoltaic panels to operate for months...

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too
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DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too

Researchers have developed automated "agents" that display humanlike behavior when playing in capture-the-flag mode in the Quake III multiplayer computer game. ...
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