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Connecting the Disconnected
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Connecting the Disconnected

The Web-based AmpleHarvest.org platform connects home and community gardeners to nearby food pantries, to help individuals in need.

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.

New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling
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New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.

Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs
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Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs

Hyper-scale datacenters need more efficient control of their electrical use.

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence...

A DNA Search Engine for Microbes
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A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute have developed a DNA search engine for microbial data.

Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms
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Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms

The  Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace is working to establish principles that states, non-state actors, and the privacy industry should follow when...

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities
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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its...

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.

­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit
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­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

Five leaders each offer $1 million to match legislative funding for computer science in a first-of-its-kind program.

Do Data Scientists Need Certification?
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Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

The Open Group information technology consortium has announced the establishment of a data scientist certification program to address the shortage of data scientists...

IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias
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IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias

IBM will provide a new million-image dataset to the global research community, to help developers eliminate gender and skin-type biases from facial recognition...

Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport
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Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport in the U.K. is working with Stanley Robotics to test a fleet of robot valets to park cars for arriving travelers.

Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare
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Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its integrated virtual three-dimensional printing network from three hospitals in early 2017 to 20 at the end...

Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector
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Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple has penalized Google and Facebook for violating its developer policies controlling personal data by suspending internal apps used by both companies.

Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers
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Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Google's Threat Analysis Group is an in-house counterespionage unit committed to keeping sensitive online information safe from hackers and spies.

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind
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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon warns the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off an "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by...
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