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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

Senate Confirms Fick as First U.S. Cyber Ambassador
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Senate Confirms Fick as First U.S. Cyber Ambassador

Fick served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has extensive experience working in the private sector, including as CEO of the cybersecurity software company Endgame....

Implantable Sensor Sniffs Out Possible Signals of Osteoarthritis
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Implantable Sensor Sniffs Out Possible Signals of Osteoarthritis

A new flexible biosensor performs continuous, wireless monitoring of nitric oxide, a biomarker associated with inflammation, in rabbits.

Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms
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Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Wenhao Zhang and colleagues at the U.K.'s University of the West of England have developed a facial recognition system for pigs.

Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks
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Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks

Cybercriminals could be hiding malware payloads in places where commercial cybersecurity software is unable to detect it.

Applied AI Teaches Handwriting
From Communications of the ACM

Applied AI Teaches Handwriting

In an increasingly digital world, how do you teach students cursive handwriting?

Genomics Study Identifies Unique Set of Proteins That Restores Hearing in Zebrafish
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Genomics Study Identifies Unique Set of Proteins That Restores Hearing in Zebrafish

Researchers used genomic techniques and computational-based machine learning to identify a network of proteins that enable zebrafish to regenerate hair cells to...

This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)
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This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)

Data mining plus streaming can target political ads household by household, mostly unregulated.

Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds
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Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds

This summer, prototype rovers and drones designed to operate on Mars were tested in high winds and other harsh environmental conditions in Iceland.

California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill
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California Governor Signs Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill

The bill could require many social media sites, games and other online services used by children to install protections for minors.

Decoding Canine Cognition
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Decoding Canine Cognition

Emory University researchers have decoded visual images from a dog's brain.

Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR
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Sensory Trick Makes Objects Seem Heavy or Light in VR

Vibrating pads on people's arms can support a more convincing illusion of weight in virtual reality by fooling the brain into ignoring certain sensory input.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate
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Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate

The Cerco company, in partnership with French teleco Orange, is rolling out a "superphone" equipped with a voice assistant in the Ivory Coast.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis
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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis

A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks
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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks

An international team of researchers developed a system that can read lips accurately through face masks using radio-frequency sensing and artificial intelligence...

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.
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