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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany
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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany

The tool gives doctors an easy way to see critical care bed capacities in German hospitals.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
From ACM TechNews

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

AI Finds 2D Materials in the Blink of an Eye
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AI Finds 2D Materials in the Blink of an Eye

A new artificial intelligence system can quickly find and label two-dimensional materials in microscope images.

Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War
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Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) used artificial intelligence to find unexploded Vietnam War-era bombs in Cambodia.

COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)
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COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

The danger of relying on COBOL despite its obsolescence is not a new issue.

Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats
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Scientists Develop 'Backpack' Computers to Track Wild Animals in Hard-to-Reach Habitats

A team of collaborated on the development of wireless attachable "backpack" computers that can be used to track tiny animals in hard-to-reach habitats. 

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild
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CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to identify the few frames of interest among massive amounts of visual information.

Soil Sifters
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Soil Sifters

Algorithms and supercomputers help tease out how soil microbes affect global climate.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning
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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns
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Windows Code-Execution Zero-day Is Under Active Exploit, Microsoft Warns

Microsoft has issued a warning that a Windows zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in "limited targeted attacks" to execute malicious code on fully updated...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels

A new artificial intelligence  system can predict air pollution levels as much as two days in advance.

China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
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China to Launch National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities

An alliance of Chinese government groups, banks, and technology firms plans to launch one of the first blockchain networks constructed and maintained by a central...

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
From ACM TechNews

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.
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