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Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing
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Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

A Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer is testing a decentralized blockchain network for processing massive volumes of data produced by the Hubble Space...

Computing Power Solves Molecular Mystery
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Computing Power Solves Molecular Mystery

Norwegian University of Science and Technology researchers have come up with a new technique for probing molecular behavior.

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve
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Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

The mind-reading headsets won't read minds.

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers
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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.

Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms
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Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms

Grand Canyon University recently hosted more than 80 teachers from across Arizona for a workshop on how to integrate computer science curriculums into their classrooms...

Japanese Researchers Use AI to Identify Early-Stage Stomach Cancer With High Accuracy
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Japanese Researchers Use AI to Identify Early-Stage Stomach Cancer With High Accuracy

Researchers have successfully used artificial intelligence to identify early-stage stomach cancer with high accuracy.

Apps Make It Easy for Domestic Abusers to Spy
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Apps Make It Easy for Domestic Abusers to Spy

Cornell University researchers have found thousands of applications enabling domestic abusers to spy on their partners.

Rethinking Autonomous Vehicles
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Rethinking Autonomous Vehicles

Consumer fears intensify as self-driving car fatalities dent the driverless dream.

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto
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Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging...

Using Machine Learning for Music Knowledge Discovery
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Using Machine Learning for Music Knowledge Discovery

Researchers collaborated on the use of machine learning algorithms to gain new insights about the history of music.

Toolkit for Building a Smart City Plan
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Toolkit for Building a Smart City Plan

The Smart Cities Council has rolled out a Web-based portal to help cities gather and organize the data they require for smart city project planning.

The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech to Troops
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The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech to Troops

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  is selecting research teams to develop a neural interface to allow soldiers to link their brains to military...

UO Internet Architect Honored With International Award
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UO Internet Architect Honored With International Award

The Internet Society presented Steven Huter with the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in recognition of his years of work helping to bring the Internet to more...

Toward a Secure Electrical Grid
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Toward a Secure Electrical Grid

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have proposed a new method for protecting the electrical grid from a cyberattack.

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin
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How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually...

Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience
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Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience

And its inventor has just stepped down.

 Not Quite Quantum Computing
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Not Quite Quantum Computing

Fujitsu says its "Quantum-Inspired" Digital Annealing is capable of tackling combinatorial optimization problems.

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
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"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one...

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings
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Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Researchers analyzed thousands of documented UFO sightings to determine the degree to which factors such as movie releases and weather events shaped sighting patterns...

Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts
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Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts

Researchers have taught computers to spot microscopic radiation damage to materials to be used in nuclear reactors.
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