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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You
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Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that analyzes students' emotions to measure their engagement level in a class. 

Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection
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Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection

A team of researchers has developed a supercomputer simulation that successfully models a key part of a process that produces solar flares.

Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones
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Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

A new method of tracking unfamiliar drones leverages consumer smartphones to detect the Wi-Fi signals of nearby drones.

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol
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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after...

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber
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Squeezing More Data Through Less Fiber

Researchers have developed transmitting and receiving equipment that could squeeze 26.2 terabits per second through the MAREA cable.

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail, but the world starts to look more interesting if your hammer can change shape.

Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack...

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys
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60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights...

Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps
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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

A new system allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using a single camera and onboard processing.

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...

Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G
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Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G

Researchers are testing the capabilities of 5G network technologies to transmit information to and from vehicles while they are on the road, using a robotic car...

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures
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Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

Researchers in Singapore used two mobile robots operating concurrently to three-dimensionally-print a single piece of concrete structure.
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