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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers
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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

In partnership with NASA, Smithsonian Learning Labs, and others, the lessons use space exploration, museums, and popular movies to teach the principles of programming...

Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research
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Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory have developed a method of enhancing quantum systems to give soldiers more reliable and secure capabilities in the field...

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine
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Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Advanced Medical Technologies Lab have created a tank robot that can actively drive through a person's intestines.

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend
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Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.

Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?
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Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

High-technology implementations in Northern California are making fire spotters and firefighters more adaptive to changing conditions while improving their safety...

Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality
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Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

A three-year, multi-institutional study by 19 researchers at 12 institutions in five countries yielded artificial intelligence models that can automate evaluations...

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs
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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women
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QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

An algorithm developed at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia can identify misogynistic content on Twitter with 75% accuracy.

Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually
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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers...

Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Baltimore health officials are using a new computer system created by volunteer programmers to keep in touch with senior living facilities during crises like hurricanes...

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs
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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural...

Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award
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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System.

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won
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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air...
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