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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines
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Lucifer: Devilish Malware That Abuses Critical Vulnerabilities on Windows Machines

Researchers discovered a new variant of a powerful cryptojacking and DDoS-based malware, called Lucifer, which infects Windows machines by exploiting their vulnerabilities...

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?
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Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Many claim their employees are hyper efficient while working from home. But there are social and emotional costs to ambition in isolation.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science
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Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

New York University researchers found that higher academic achievement among men is not the underlying reason for more men than women majoring in science fields...

Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit
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Quantum Entanglement Demonstrated on Tiny CubeSat in Orbit

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have demonstrated quantum entanglement on a mini-satellite orbiting earth.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores
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Microsoft is Closing its Physical Retail Stores

After 11 years, Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its physical retail stores and is refocusing its retail sales efforts around its online/digital store.

Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving
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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations.

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return
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Newcastle United Turns to Wearable Technology for Safe Premier League Return

Soccer clubs are turning to technology as the English Premier League looks to restart while complying with numerous health and safety protocols.

'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot
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'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) engineers have built a robot designed to help conserve endangered species.

Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums
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Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

A new study found that more comment moderation is necessary to curtail racist and white supremacist content on Reddit.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.

This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space
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This Dangerous Keylogger Could Change the Entire Malware Space

Cofense Intelligence, a developer of “intelligent phishing defense solutions,” is raising concerns about a new keylogger because of how quickly the malware is updated...

Your Smart Home Devices Could All Be About to Stop Working
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Your Smart Home Devices Could All Be About to Stop Working

Experts say thousands of connected smart home devices could shut down with the expiration of their Secure Sockets Layer certificates.

Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running
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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running

Venture-backed startups are providing software, sensors, robotics, and artificial intelligence tools to help factories open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic...
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