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Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises
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Twitter 'Fingerprint' Helps Decode How Individuals Respond to Crises

Purdue ­niversity researchers have developed an algorithm that analyzes tweets to better understand how users respond to crises.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras
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Spurred by Amazon, Supermarkets Try Swapping Cashiers for Cameras

Supermarket chains in Europe are testing cashierless stores with cameras that monitor items shoppers pick, with transactions recorded as they exit.

A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam
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A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in the Zoom videoconferencing desktop app to commandeer a user's Webcam, a security researcher warns.

Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again
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Contention Over H-1B Visas is Hot Again

Should the U.S. admit more, or fewer, foreign technology workers?

Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar
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Hackers Breach Greece's Top-Level Domain Registrar

Researchers said Greece's top-level domain registrar has suffered a hacker breach, and identified the state-sponsored "Sea Turtle" hacker group as the perpetrator...

German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing
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German Scientists Pull Off Autonomous Aircraft Landing

C2Land is an automated landing system that uses GPS for flight control, but does not require any ground-based antennas.

Coding for Disaster
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Coding for Disaster

At a U.N. hackathon, open source developers strive to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time
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Waze Data Can Help Predict Car Crashes, Cut Response Time

City leaders, academic researchers, and the U.S. Department of Transportation are working to predict car crashes and reduce emergency response times using data...

Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable
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Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable

Scientists have identified optimal types of solar power storage management algorithms.

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet
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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive?

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers
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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.

Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

A study by Oxford Economics anticipates machines will replace human workers in about 20 million manufacturing jobs across the world over the next decade.

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside
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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students
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SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

Cornell University's SoNIC workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites...

Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance
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Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Dartmouth University researchers have developed a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance using smartphones, wearable fitness trackers, and a custom...

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers
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Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.
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