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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients
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How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.

John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots
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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

Farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System
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U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System

Disease surveillance schemes to catch the next rising virus already exist—they're just not communicating with each other.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer
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This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Medtronic's GI Genius, recently cleared by the FDA, will help doctors identify precancerous polyps.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.

Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

The company is facing multiple lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice and three dozen states.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev found they could fool Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance systems into automatically reacting without...

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.
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