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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins
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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

A new astronomy algorithm can help identify stars around which planets may revolve.

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.

NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi
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NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi

A federal review of a 2018 data breach at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered an unauthorized Raspberry Pi computer was exploited to access the network,...

Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages
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Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages

Java and JavaScript continue to be the most-used programming languages, with the former the most popular primary coding language, and the latter the most used overall...

Eavesdropping on the Brain
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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

Today's facial recognition tools raise new questions about how, where, and when data can be used.

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species
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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

How Computation is Changing Journalism
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How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

­TSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time
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­TSA Develops Cyber Agility Framework to Measure Network Protection Over Time

Researchers have developed what they’re calling the first quantifiable cyber agility framework for scoring hackers and cybersecurity defenders over time.

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software ­pgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve ­.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
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Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A brain-computer interface developed by researchers at the University of Houston can sense when its user is expecting a reward.

­nderwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data
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­nderwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data

Several projects now underway are using submersible drones to explore the ocean floor.

Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative
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Stanford Team Aims at Alexa, Siri With Privacy-Minded Alternative

Stanford University researchers are designing voice-operated virtual assistants that give users more control over personal information.

AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection
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AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection

A new artificial intelligence system can detect unidentified or underidentified structural damage in major infrastructure such as nuclear reactors, skyscrapers,...

Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.
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