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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years
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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

A study by the nonprofit Allen Institute predicts women writing published computer science research will not achieve gender equality in this century.

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress
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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system...

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000
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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three...

Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative
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Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford University researchers are designing voice-operated virtual assistants that give users more control over personal information.

DeepMind Can Now Beat ­s at Multiplayer Games, Too
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DeepMind Can Now Beat ­s at Multiplayer Games, Too

Researchers have developed automated "agents" that display humanlike behavior when playing in capture-the-flag mode in the Quake III multiplayer computer game. ...

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

As Huawei Loses Google, ­.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain
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As Huawei Loses Google, ­.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

Google's plan to limit the software services it provides Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei is expected to accelerate the isolation of China's Internet users...

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead
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Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead

His insights led to tools widely used in modern cryptography.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
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San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city.

Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?
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Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

Researchers used robotic technology and young ostriches wearing artificial wings to gain insight into how a dinosaur's running gait may have caused its wings to...

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech
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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman
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Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman

An aerial drone recently was used to deliver a kidney for implantation into a Maryland woman.

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction
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Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

In African Villages, These Phones Become ­ltrasound Scanners
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In African Villages, These Phones Become ­ltrasound Scanners

Doctors are using a hand-held ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.

High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is
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High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is

Research suggests older vehicles can be equipped with high-tech systems to make them safer.

New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with...

AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

A recently published study warns that new artificial intelligence technology designed to enhance healthcare is vulnerable to misuse.
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