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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.

BSC Develops Open AI Model That Can Write and Understand Spanish
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BSC Develops Open AI Model That Can Write and Understand Spanish

The MarIA open AI system is a set of deep neural networks trained to acquire an understanding of language, its vocabulary, and its mechanisms to express meaning...

EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations
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EU Fines Amazon Record $888 Million Over Data Violations

Luxembourg's CNPD data protection authority fined Amazon a record $888 million for breaching the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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...

Honeypot Security Technique Can Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing
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Honeypot Security Technique Can Stop Attacks in Natural Language Processing

A machine learning framework can proactively counter universal trigger attacksi n natural language processing applications.

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....

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...

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions
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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.

Cybersecurity Technique Keeps Hackers Guessing
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Cybersecurity Technique Keeps Hackers Guessing

Development Command's Army Research Laboratory ]has designed a machine learning-based framework to augment the security of in-vehicle computer networks.

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.

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.

 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.

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...

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...

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.
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