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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

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.

'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

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.

From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray
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From Brueghel to Warhol: AI Enters the Attribution Fray

Art historians are starting to utilize machine learning to provide empirical support for theories previously limited to the subjective eye of the beholders.

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry
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Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe Has a Message for CS grads—and the Tech Industry

Klawe made diversity her top priority when she took the helm at Harvey Mudd College 13 years ago.

Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood
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Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood

The Yaba neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, is a growing technology hub hosting more than 60 startups, digital laboratories, and the Yaba College of Technology.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

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,...

About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork
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About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork

Researchers have developed a technique to automatically analyze portrait artwork, factoring in fine-grained detail, accuracy, and individual artistic style.

The Chatbots are Coming!
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The Chatbots are Coming!

Advances in chatbots are changing the way we interact with computing devices.

Microsoft Wants More Security Researchers to Hack Into Its Cloud
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Microsoft Wants More Security Researchers to Hack Into Its Cloud

Microsoft is encouraging security researchers to try hacking its flagship Azure cloud-computing service, so the company can find and correct vulnerabilities.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
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Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years
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Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years

Tiobe analysts believe Python probably will become the most popular programming language in the world within three or four years.

Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos
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Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos

A computer virus has crippled Philadelphia's online court system for more than three weeks, raising issues about how cities can respond when essential services...

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.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.
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