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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine
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Facial Recognition: School ID Checks Lead to GDPR Fine

The Swedish Data Protection Authority fined the municipality of Skelleftea for using facial recognition to track students in violation of the European Union's General...

Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots
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Self-Folding 'Rollbot' Paves the Way for Fully Untethered Soft Robots

New soft robotic systems inspired by origami can move and change shape in response to external stimuli.

Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests
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Smart Cities Need to Spend More on Security Tech, Study Suggests

A new study predicts 44% of the $135 billion projected to be spent in 2024 to secure critical city infrastructure against hackers will be invested in data safeguards...

Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You
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Facebook's New Tool Lets You See Which Apps, Websites Tracked You

Researchers at Facebook have developed a tool that lets users better see and control the information the company has collected about their browsing habits outside...

Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education
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Allen School Releases Robotic Race Car Platform to Drive Advances in AI Research, Education

The newly released Multi-agent System for non-Holonomic Racing (MuSHR) platform is intended for use in assembling a robotic race car, as well as for use as a tool...

Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers
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Quantum Criticality Could Be a Boon for Qubit Designers

A new technique can transform the quantum behavior of an intermetallic crystal of cerium, palladium, and silicon so electrons compete to occupy either orbitals...

LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet
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LiFi Standard Signals a Light-Bulb Moment for the Internet

Light is the power behind the global Internet; it may soon help us connect at work and at home, too

AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
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AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently

A new system automatically learns how to optimally allocate data processing workloads across thousands of servers as a means of boosting data center efficiency....

Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need
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Software Engineering Grads Lack Skills Startups Need

The present state of software engineering education at universities does not meet the needs of technology-based software startups, according to a new study.

AR Glasses May Help People with Low Vision Better Navigate Their Environment
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AR Glasses May Help People with Low Vision Better Navigate Their Environment

Adapted augmented reality eyewear can improve mobility and grasp performance in people with the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.

Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water
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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

A new smartphone app can detect extremely small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when used with a microscope attachment...

Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call
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Virtual Caucus at Risk After DNC Experts Hacked Conference Call

The Democratic National Committee warned its Rules and By-Laws Committee that virtual caucusing via teleconferencing may be untenable, as experts successfully hacked...

Universal Algorithm Set to Boost Microscopes
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Universal Algorithm Set to Boost Microscopes

A new algorithm  can ascertain within seconds whether a super-resolution microscope is operating at maximum resolution, from just one image.

ActBlue was Only the Beginning
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ActBlue was Only the Beginning

The online political funding ecosystem is coalescing.

Cybersecurity Companies Race to Combat 'Deepfake' Technology
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Cybersecurity Companies Race to Combat 'Deepfake' Technology

Cybersecurity firms are researching techniques to foil potential deepfake attacks.

The Quantum Revolution Is Coming, and Chinese Scientists Are at the Forefront
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The Quantum Revolution Is Coming, and Chinese Scientists Are at the Forefront

China's advantage in the quantum technology field is worrisome to some scientists and officials in the U.S., and Beijing's ongoing investment in the technology...

Silicon Valley Looks North as Tech Giants Expand in Toronto
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Silicon Valley Looks North as Tech Giants Expand in Toronto

U.S. technology firms are hiring more employees in Toronto, Canada, drawn by a talented workforce, a diverse population, and labor and cultural properties that...

Artificial Muscles Bloom, Dance, Wave
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Artificial Muscles Bloom, Dance, Wave

Researchers in South Korea have developed an ultrathin artificial muscle, also called an actuator, for soft robotics.

Here's the No. 1 Highest-Paid, Most In-Demand Job in Every State
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Here's the No. 1 Highest-Paid, Most In-Demand Job in Every State

A study by online employment website CareerBuilder found software developers to be among the highest-compensated and fastest-growing jobs in every U.S. state.

Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation
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Faced with Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation

Researchers hope to use algorithms to improve multimessenger astronomy.
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