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$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 Can Now Be Recognized as an Inventor
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AI Can Now Be Recognized as an Inventor

Australia's Federal Court has granted artificial intelligence systems legal recognition as inventors in patent applications, challenging the assumption that invention...

Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors
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Stanford ML Tool Streamlines Student Feedback Process for Computer Science Professors

Stanford University researchers have developed a machine learning teaching tool designed to assist computer science professors in gauging feedback from large numbers...

Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the NSA Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. government eyes cryogenically cooled circuitry for tomorrow's exascale computers.

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.

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack
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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too...

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer
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Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer to test the behavior of isolated emergent magnetic monopoles.

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...

How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances
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How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo use an advanced three-dimensional tracking system that captures athletes' performances in fine detail.

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.

As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste
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Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste

Researchers developed an artificial neural network-based rapid trajectory design algorithm to address the removal of space debris.
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