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The Secret History of Women in Coding
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The Secret History of Women in Coding

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.
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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some...

Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost
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Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost

“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance...

Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'
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Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'

Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease
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Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease

New open source software can predict the risk of potentially deadly heart maladies.

Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires
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Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets
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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran's missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials...

What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained
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What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters
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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

As recently as Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal.

The Internet, Divided Between U.S. and China, Has Become Battleground
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The Internet, Divided Between U.S. and China, Has Become Battleground

The global Internet is splitting in two between China and most of the rest of the world.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.

U.S. Defense Digital Service Looks to Retool Tech Recruitment
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U.S. Defense Digital Service Looks to Retool Tech Recruitment

The U.S. Defense Department's Defense Digital Services has been tasked "to recruit non-traditional technical talent."

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement
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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems...

Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store
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Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store

A pair of startups are developing technologies to enhance the in-store experience for customers, retailers, and manufacturers.

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages
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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.

And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain
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And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain

Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley won a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity...

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet
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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking
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40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year...
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