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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time
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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

U.S. Navy officials said an aerial drone successfully refueled a fighter jet in midair for the first time during a June 4 test flight.

DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch
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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

An artificial intelligence-trained computer learned to play football from scratch, using digital players.

Computer System Can Help Inform Future Therapies for Patients with Inherited Heart Disease
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Computer System Can Help Inform Future Therapies for Patients with Inherited Heart Disease

A computer system trained on clinical data can support medical and surgical decisions on the treatment of patients with inherited heart disease.

Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security
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Cybersecurity Executive Order 2021: What It Means for Cloud and SaaS Security

Understanding the fundamentals of the White House Executive Order on Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity.

How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?
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How Do We Improve the Virtual Classroom?

Researchers investigated virtual learning's shortcomings and proposed approaches for improving the experience.

U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers
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U.S.-Born Computer Professionals Earn Far More Than Other U.S. Workers

A new study found that U.S.-born information technology  professionals make much more money than peers in other fields.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs
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No Chips, No Tips: How the Computer Chip Shortage Threatens Thousands of Restaurant Service Jobs

Faced with no semiconductor chips for their ordering machines, restaurants pivot away from human servers and toward contact-less ordering.

Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust
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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...

Facing Shortage of High-Skilled Workers, Employers Are Seeking More Immigrant Talent, Study Finds
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Facing Shortage of High-Skilled Workers, Employers Are Seeking More Immigrant Talent, Study Finds

U.S. employers are seeking out immigrants for computer-related jobs amid a shortage of domestic talent.

Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?
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Could Your Smart Watch Alert You to Risk of Sudden Death?

A new algorithm could eventually enable everyday wearables to alert users to potentially fatal changes in heart rhythm.

Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander
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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

The search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped
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You're More Likely to Fight Misinformation If You Think Others Are Being Duped

People in the U.S. and China who think others are being deceived by online misinformation on COVID-19 are more likely to back corporate and political countermeasures...

IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative
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IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative

A five-year, $297.5-million partnership between IBM and the U.K. government will research quantum computing and artificial intelligence in the quest for sustainable...

A Blueprint for Designing, Synthesizing Multifunctional Materials
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A Blueprint for Designing, Synthesizing Multifunctional Materials

Nanocrystal combinations can yield new multifunctional materials through an inverse design blueprint.

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million
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New York's Vaccine Passport Could Cost Taxpayers $17 Million

The state's contract with IBM details a Phase 2 of the Excelsior Pass, which could include uses that some advocates say raise privacy concerns.
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