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UA Encourages Visually Impaired Teens in STEM
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UA Encourages Visually Impaired Teens in STEM

The University of Arizona is running a project designed to introduce visually impaired middle and high school students to career possibilities in STEM.

GoFly Prize Unveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles
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GoFly Prize Unveils 10 Winning Designs in $2M Contest for Personal Air Vehicles

The first phase of the GoFly Prize competition for one-person air vehicles has yielded 10 diverse concepts.

Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results
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Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results

Researchers have developed a method for algorithmically gauging manipulation of published scientific results.

AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls
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AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls

Researchers used deep learning to develop a drone surveillance system that automatically detects small groups of people fighting each other.

Forgotten Corner of Europe Brought Back to Life, Thanks to AI
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Forgotten Corner of Europe Brought Back to Life, Thanks to AI

Researchers used artificial intelligence methods to learn of previously unknown political and cultural events which took place in a forgotten corner of the Austrian...

Researchers Investigate Potential Threat to Speech Privacy via Smartphone Motion Sensors
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Researchers Investigate Potential Threat to Speech Privacy via Smartphone Motion Sensors

Researchers have determined that smartphone motion sensors could be exploited to compromise speech privacy, albeit in limited situations.

Spotlight Falls on Russian Threat to Undersea Cables
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Spotlight Falls on Russian Threat to Undersea Cables

The Trump administration's new sanctions on Russia are casting light on the threat posed to the undersea cables that carry the world's electronic communications...

If You're A Facebook User, You're Also a Research Subject
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If You're A Facebook User, You're Also a Research Subject

The professor was incredulous.

Seafloor Fiber Optic Cables Can Work Like Seismometers
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Seafloor Fiber Optic Cables Can Work Like Seismometers

There are enough seismometers around these days to detect and locate nearly all earthquakes on land, except the most minuscule ones.

Participation in AP Computer Science Principles Grows Again
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Participation in AP Computer Science Principles Grows Again

Between last year and this year, the number of students taking the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles exam increased by about 50%.

MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors
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MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

Researchers have developed an ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tag-sensor configuration that senses spikes in glucose and wirelessly transmits...

Anti-Swearing AI Takes the Edge Off Abuse on Reddit and Twitter
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Anti-Swearing AI Takes the Edge Off Abuse on Reddit and Twitter

IBM researchers have developed a system that translates offensive comments on social media into more polite language, while keeping the content intact.

Intelligent Awareness System to Improve Safety on Passenger Ferry
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Intelligent Awareness System to Improve Safety on Passenger Ferry

The marine division of Rolls-Royce has introduced a situational awareness and intelligence system to reduce the risk of ferry collisions and night-time groundings...

Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise
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Ramp-Up in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a major new...

Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers
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Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers

A new transmitter can hack-proof wireless data by frequency hopping each individual 1 or 0 bit of a data packet, every microsecond.

ISTE's Updated Computer Science Standards Will Reflect a 'New Era' of the Discipline
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ISTE's Updated Computer Science Standards Will Reflect a 'New Era' of the Discipline

The International Society for Technology and Education is developing new computer science education standards.

Robots Learn by Checking in on Team Members
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Robots Learn by Checking in on Team Members

Engineers have enabled teamwork between unmanned aerial vehicles.

3D Printing for the U.S. Navy
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3D Printing for the U.S. Navy

 The world's largest navy explores the use of additive manufacturing for spare parts, with an eye toward eventually building ships that way. 

In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You
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In Newark, Police Cameras, and the Internet, Watch You

The camera perched above the bus stop sends back a continuous feed from the corner of 16th Avenue and South 18th Street in Newark's West Ward.

Squashing Cyberbullying: New Approach Is Fast, Accurate
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Squashing Cyberbullying: New Approach Is Fast, Accurate

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers have developed a cyberbullying identification technique that blends multiple computing tools.
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