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2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked
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2 Quakes in 2 Days, No Warning from ShakeAlertLA. Now the App Is Getting Reworked

An early-warning earthquake app's failure to alert Los Angeles residents of tremors from two quakes in July prompted an upgrade so weaker tremors will set off warnings...

A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist
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A Major Cyber Attack Could Be Just as Deadly as Nuclear Weapons, Says Scientist

People around the world may be worried about nuclear tensions rising, but they're missing the fact that a major cyberattack could be just as damaging.

How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country into Coding Country
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How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country into Coding Country

Wyoming has mandated that all its K-12 public schools offer computer science, in an effort to transition from its economic reliance on fossil-fuel industries.

What Your Voice Reveals About You
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What Your Voice Reveals About You

Technology can detect nuances in the human voice that offer clues to a person's likely location, medical conditions, and even physical features.

Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
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Researchers Use Blockchain to Drive Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Researchers have incorporated blockchain into energy systems, which could serve to expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?
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SMU Researchers Find a New Way to Snoop with Smartphones. Should You Be Worried?

A new app could be used to determine what a computer user is typing.

Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble
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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and...

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code
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How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the past four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...

Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
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Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

Researchers at the University of Arizona have used supercomputer simulations to understand how galaxies such as the Milky Way come into existence.

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.

Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero
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Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a technique that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby's heartbeat continuously at...

Digital Twins Grow Up
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Digital Twins Grow Up

The idea of creating digital twins to simulate real-world systems isn't new, but the concept is advancing rapidly.

Google Maps for Tissues
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Google Maps for Tissues

Researchers at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany have developed software to help make sense of vast datasets generated by modern light microscopy...

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test
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Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test

Australia's New South Wales government will soon initiate trials for the $600-million (US$404-million) M4 Smart Motorway project.

Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries...

People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs
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People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

Ernst & Young and other companies are recruiting people with autism for artificial intelligence jobs through neurodiversity hiring programs.
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