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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?
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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR
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Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham University students are using virtual reality technology to build their business skills in simulated environments.

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship
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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles
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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy...

IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer
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IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM has launched a global weather model that it says offers more accurate forecasts for the entire world and can provide details for regions as small as two miles...

How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide
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How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

Researchers have found Russia's Internet censorship laws have troubling implications for online freedom in the U.S. and other countries that share its decentralized...

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa
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Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

South African software developers in the fintech and cloud services sectors are the most highly paid developers, according to the “2019 State of South Africa's...

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality
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Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a system that detects when someone is eating and calculates their carbohydrate...

The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point
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The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

AI, robotics, and industrial software are rapidly approaching a tipping point that could correspond with the greatest level of stock outperformance.

How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?
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How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?

Israeli and Spanish companies are offering three-dimensionally (3D)-printed meat products synthesized from plant protein. 

This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa
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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

Carnegie Mellon University researchers developed a technique to inhibit the Amazon Alexa voice assistant's ability to respond to commands by playing an audio clip...

WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips
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WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips

Researchers found two flaws impacting Intel and STMicroelectronics central processing units that hackers could exploit to steal or doctor data on billions of devices...

Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs
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Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs

Danish software developer David Heinemeier Hansson cited apparent gender discrimination in the Apple Card algorithm, spurring an investigation into Apple Card partner...

MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach
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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

A new robotic system can "grow" in a way similar to how a young plant grows upward.

Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door
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Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a robotic navigation method that does not require mapping an area in advance. 

Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar
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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.

3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits
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3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, biomedical devices.
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