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NSF Announces Quantum Algorithm Challenge, Invites Idea Submissions
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NSF Announces Quantum Algorithm Challenge, Invites Idea Submissions

A National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) published March 10 details the NSF's Quantum Algorithm Challenge.

The Cybersecurity 202: Cyber Solarium Commission Aims to Avert a Cyber 9/11 Before it’s Too Late
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The Cybersecurity 202: Cyber Solarium Commission Aims to Avert a Cyber 9/11 Before it’s Too Late

The group's goal is to make recommendations like those from the 9/11 Commission Report, but before a major disaster in which an adversary could undermine parts...

3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid
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3D-Printed Homes: A Concept is Turning Into Something Solid

New three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes are taking shape at the Community First Village affordable housing development in Austin, TX.

Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More
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Intel SGX is Vulnerable to an Unfixable Flaw That Can Steal Crypto Keys and More

A team of international researchers disclosed a previously undiscovered vulnerability that steals information from Intel's Software Guard eXtensions.

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness
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Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness

More companies are prioritizing employee happiness to enhance retention and productivity, giving rise to a cottage industry for monitoring, analyzing, and improving...

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Show Me the Methane
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Show Me the Methane

A new system uses hyperspectral imaging and machine learning for more accurate detection of methane emissions.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms
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Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms

A new machine learning computer model accurately predicts damaging radiation storms caused by Van Allen belts two days before they hit.

Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage
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Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage

Attacks on the light-based radar (LiDAR) of autonomous vehicles could drive them off the road, or freeze them in their (tire) tracks.

Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very
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Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

A decade on, expanding open ecosystem highlights limits of monolithic approach to CPU design.

Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes
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Integrating Electronics Onto Physical Prototypes

MIT researchers directly integrated three-dimensionally (3D)-printed platforms onto physical products. 

Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline
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Robotic Arm Designed in China Could Help Save Lives on Medical Frontline

Researchers in China have developed a robot that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs, and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs. 

Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley
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Startups Pitch Tech Hubs Far From Silicon Valley

Entrepreneurs are looking outside Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston, and New York City to establish technology hubs in U.S. states far from its coasts.

Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys
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Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys

Researchers found previously unknown vulnerabilities in encryption systems used by in-vehicle devices that communicate at close range with key fobs to unlock the...

Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge
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Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge recently concluded its Urban Circuit, with a team of robots and operators from NASA's...

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.
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