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Smartphone App Tests Lumber Stiffness
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Smartphone App Tests Lumber Stiffness

A smartphone app created by scientists at Mississippi State University uses soundwaves or vibrations to measure the stiffness of lumber for contractors, architects...

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

A few years ago, the leaders of the College Board, the folks who administer the SAT college entrance exam, asked themselves a radical question: Of all the skills...

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

The US leads the world in artificial intelligence technology. Decades of federal research funding, industrial and academic research, and streams of foreign talent...

Video Game Players Have Increased Moral Reasoning Skills, Researchers Say
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Video Game Players Have Increased Moral Reasoning Skills, Researchers Say

Young people who play video games have higher moral reasoning skills that those who don't, Bournemouth University researchers found.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

Crowd-Sourced Apps Help Planners Design Better Paths for Cyclists
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Crowd-Sourced Apps Help Planners Design Better Paths for Cyclists

Crowd-sourced data from bicyclists can be a useful tool for traffic planners as they decide where to build roads and bike paths, University of Florida research...

Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech
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Columbia Engineers Translate Brain Signals Directly into Speech

Columbia University neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. The advance marks a critical step toward...

Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible
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Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they're educating and making allies of sighted people along the way.

'The Goal Is to Automate Us': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism
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'The Goal Is to Automate Us': Welcome to the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

We're living through the most profound transformation in our information environment since Johannes Gutenberg's invention of printing in circa 1439.

Technology Use Has 'Tiny' Association With Adolescent Well-Being
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Technology Use Has 'Tiny' Association With Adolescent Well-Being

A study of 300,000 adolescents and parents in the UK and USA shows that use of technology has less of a negative affect on adolescent mental health than wearing...

What the Future of Work Means for Cities
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What the Future of Work Means for Cities

Two weeks ago, MIT's David Autor gave the prestigious Richard T. Ely lecture at the annual meeting of American economists in Atlanta. Introduced by the former chair...

To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat
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To Cover China, There's No Substitute for WeChat

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Li Yuan, a technology columnist in Hong Kong, discussed the tech she's...

Etch a Sketch Lives On in Browser-Based Chrome Labs Project
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Etch a Sketch Lives On in Browser-Based Chrome Labs Project

Everyone who remembers the Etch A Sketch slabs of yesteryear remembers how difficult it was to translate your vision onto its "magic screen," and how proud youWeb...

Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity
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Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity

A global recruiting firm predicts 68% of information technology employers will increase full-time IT hiring this year, while 53% will increase their use of consultants...

In Memory of Lawrence Roberts
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In Memory of Lawrence Roberts

Beeeeeeep.

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines
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Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

When most scientists were trying to make people use code to talk to computers, Karen Sparck Jones taught computers to understand human language instead.

Don't Fear the Robot Overlords; Embrace Them as Coworkers
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Don't Fear the Robot Overlords; Embrace Them as Coworkers

In a chilly warehouse just outside of Boston, the brute toils away. It's 600 pounds of orange and black metal and whirring motors, a massive robotic arm that picks...

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers...

Josh Tenenbaum Named Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine
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Josh Tenenbaum Named Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine

Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of computational cognitive science at MIT, was named 2018 Innovator of the Year by R&D Magazine.
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