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Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors
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Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors

Researchers have recorded environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a whispering-gallery-mode architecture.

'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos
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'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos

New technology can alter dance videos to make amateur dance moves seem more advanced.

Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider
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Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider

New machine learning techniques can significantly improve data analysis for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes
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Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes

Researchers have proposed protecting important documents by generating so many believable fakes that attackers must either exfiltrate them all or attempt to find...

String Art From the Hand of a Robot
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String Art From the Hand of a Robot

A new computer system creates string art, an artistic technique in which hooks distributed on a frame are connected by strings back and forth until they form a...

Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming
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Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming

Researchers have found that Internet service providers are "giving a fixed amount of bandwidth...to video traffic, but they don't impose these limits on other network...

Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?
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Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?

As with all major technologies in their early phases, deep learning must overcome a number of serious challenges.

What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament
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What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation
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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.

Beyond Deep Fakes
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Beyond Deep Fakes

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new method of automatically transforming the content of one video into the style of another.

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code
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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.

Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education
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Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education

Students from two historically black institutions spent two weeks this summer learning digital skills from U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory scientists...

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers
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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.

Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box
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Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Researchers are using two main approaches to replacing black-box machine learning models with prediction methods that are more transparent.

Many Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers
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Many Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers

Many Americans are willing to consider returning to college to pursue a cybersecurity education, according to a recent Champlain College Online survey.

Virtual Learning: Using AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese
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Virtual Learning: Using AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese

A new artificial intelligence system relies on immersive scenes to teach students the Mandarin language.

AI Helps Doctors Use Data Better
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AI Helps Doctors Use Data Better

Using artificial intelligence to process medical sensor data can have a significant impact on health-related costs and outcomes.  

Dongarra Awarded 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering
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Dongarra Awarded 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering

The University of Tennessee's Jack Dongarra has been named to receive the 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering.

How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary
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How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

A minute-long video of Barack Obama has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. It shows the former U.S. president seated, with the American flag in...

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data
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How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google...
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