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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.

VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care
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VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care

A medical team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is pioneering new ways to use three-dimensional printing.

Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity
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Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity

Scientists may have identified a new technique for strengthening network cybersecurity.

Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities
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Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an augmented reality interface to help disabled individuals control complex assistive robots.

Transparent Architecture
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Transparent Architecture

Researchers have devised software that enables simulations and fine-grained analyses of real estate that can be made accessible to developers, architects, and real...

Cracking the Crypto War
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Cracking the Crypto War

Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible: it satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists.

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....

New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing
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New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing

Rutgers University researchers designed an algorithm to test for chemical toxicity to benefit workers, and potentially sparing thousands of animals from being experimental...

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...

Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS
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Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS

DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) project aims to develop autonomous artificial intelligences to improve flight safety and performance...

A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer
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A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells, marking a significant breakthrough toward creating...

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places
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The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

Scientists are using advanced technology to explore extreme environments on Earth to seek out and examine resilient microorganisms.

UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects
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UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects

Researchers have developed navigation software for a satellite launched Tuesday with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood
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Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

The idea of using machine learning programs to help write scripts and other tasks is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood.

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

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.
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