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­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets
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­nder Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time...

­.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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­.s. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

Chinese Exam Authorities ­se Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities ­se Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Paralyzed Patients Communicate Thoughts Via Brain-Computer Interface
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Paralyzed Patients Communicate Thoughts Via Brain-Computer Interface

A new noninvasive brain-computer interface has enabled researchers in the U.K. to communicate with patients who are totally paralyzed and unable to talk.

Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos
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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.

Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways
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Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways

ThyssenKrupp's new $43 million elevator test tower soars 246 meters (808 ft) above the German town of Rottweil, but the company's lifts chief is not only thinking...

Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants
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Even with Rising Wages, Robot Revolution Skips Restaurants

Clamshell grills are making burger flipping obsolete at McDonald’s, Johnny Rockets and other burger chains. Digital kiosks, tabletop tablets and mobile phones are...

Blind Athlete Runs Desert Marathon Unassisted Using Smartphone App
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Blind Athlete Runs Desert Marathon Unassisted Using Smartphone App

IBM researchers have developed an application designed to help visually-impaired runners navigate on their own.

Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North
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Keyboard Warriors: South Korea Trains New Frontline in Decades-Old War with North

In one college major at Seoul's elite Korea University, the courses are known only by number, and students keep their identities a secret from outsiders.

Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways
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Where's the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused By Shabby ­.s. Roadways

Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event...

Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma
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Apple Encryption Stand Highlights Mobile Operators' Dilemma

Apple Inc's stance on privacy in the face of a U.S. government demand to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers has raised awkward questions...

Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots
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Biodegradable Bodies For More Eco-Friendly Robots

Scientists in Italy are developing "smart materials" that will enable robots to biodegrade like a human body once they have reached the end of their life span. 

App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds
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App Differentiates a Baby's Crying Sounds

Researchers at National Taiwan University Hospital have developed the Infant Cries Translator app, which can distinguish four separate crying sounds made by babies...

Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car
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Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car

Chinese researchers from Nankai University have spent the last two years developing a mind-controlled car. 

Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain
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Dog Robot Copes with Rough Terrain

Researchers have designed and built a new robot "dog" that can traverse rough terrain either autonomously or while controlled by a remote operator. 

Brain-Computer Link Enables Paralyzed California Man to Walk
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Brain-Computer Link Enables Paralyzed California Man to Walk

A brain-to-computer technology that can translate thoughts into leg movements has enabled a man paralyzed from the waist down by a spinal cord injury to become...

Car Dashboards That Act Like Smart Phones Raise Safety Issues
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Car Dashboards That Act Like Smart Phones Raise Safety Issues

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them.

Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry
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Hi-Tech and Big Data Offer Hope to Battered ­.s. Oil Industry

The tech geeks are coming to the oil industry's rescue.

Silicon Valley Debate on Self-Driving Cars: Do You Need a Map?
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Silicon Valley Debate on Self-Driving Cars: Do You Need a Map?

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map.
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