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Using Satellite Images to Improve Human Lives
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Using Satellite Images to Improve Human Lives

Researchers have developed a machine learning system that aims to make geospatial data more accessible to researchers and governments around the world.

$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs
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$49 Malware Receives Major Upgrade to Strike Windows, macOS PCs

Researchers at Check Point Research said the Windows-based malware variant known as Formbook has been upgraded to infiltrate Mac computers.

Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...

Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage
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Quantum Computing's Next Big Challenge: A Quantum Skills Shortage

Increasing qubit counts and improving error correction is hard enough. But quantum computing companies are finding one of the biggest challenges might be to find...

AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun
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AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists are calibrating images of the sun with artificial intelligence to enhance data for solar research....

Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life
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Phone's Dark Mode Doesn't Necessarily Save Much Battery Life

Purdue University researchers found in a recent study that putting a smartphone in dark mode is unlikely to save significant battery life.

Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System
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Hackers Used Never-Before-Seen Wiper in Attack on Iranian Train System

SentinelOne analysts were able to recreate the July 9 attack and identify the threat actor behind it.

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security
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White House Pushes for Stronger Critical Infrastructure Security

Securing critical infrastructure requires a "whole-of-nation" effort, government official says.

Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales
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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data
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Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data

Researchers have developed a technique to help computer vision algorithms more accurately process satellite imagery of the Earth, even when trained on limited data...

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K
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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

An untethered bipedal robot engineered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers and built by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics completed a five-kilometer...

The Great Quantum Computing Race
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The Great Quantum Computing Race

Companies and countries are pouring tens of billions of dollars into different qubit technologies, but it's still too early to predict a winner.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies
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UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University helps four-legged robots...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.
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