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How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer
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How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer

Ancient papyrus scrolls too fragile to unwrap are being scanned with the hope of "digitally unwrapping" and reading them.

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside
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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, ­niversities Team ­p on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World
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Android App to Tackle Cybersecurity in the Developing World

Android is offering a free app to boost security for smartphone users in the developing world.

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?
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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity
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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.

How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....

Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'
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Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'

Paris firefighters used a 1,100-pound, tank-like robot to mitigate damage to Notre Dame cathedral and prevent the conflagration from spreading further by entering...

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It.
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It.

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

WhatsApp's New Tip Line is a Testing Ground for Fighting Fake News on Encrypted Messaging
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WhatsApp's New Tip Line is a Testing Ground for Fighting Fake News on Encrypted Messaging

WhatsApp's new tip line for misinformation in India could be a precursor for how parent company Facebook tries to address fake news.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant
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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant

Walmart this month will launch a new service in which customers can order groceries virtually through Google Assistant.

How GM­ Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus
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How GM­ Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus

Students eating habits have changed since the deployment of 25 semi-autonomous delivery robots from Starship Technologies on the George Mason University campus...

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny
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Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny

Sensors Boeing was ordered to replace following the near-crash of an Airbus A321 in 2014 are drawing fresh scrutiny after two recent Boeing 737 disasters.

New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs
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New Zealand Farmers Have New Tool for Herding Sheep: Drones That Bark Like Dogs

New Zealand farmers are using drones to herd livestock.
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