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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs
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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs

Researchers have created and implemented the first digital procedural checklist for trauma centers.

Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?
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Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

Researchers used robotic technology and young ostriches wearing artificial wings to gain insight into how a dinosaur's running gait may have caused its wings to...

Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity
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Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Researchers now can determine when a standard smartwatch wearer is typing on a keyboard, washing dishes, petting a dog, pouring from a pitcher, or cutting with...

What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms
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What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms

Researchers have developed a deep learning approach that identifies and maps the components and features in turbulent regions of Saturn's atmosphere.

Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.
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Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new tool designed to process data too large to fit on a computer's main memory at one time.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle
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A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A self-taught Belgian programmer has solved a puzzle required to open a 1999 time capsule at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters
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Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters

Laser cutting tools could outperform three-dimensional printers at prototyping stretchables, wearables.

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards
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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence...

­nhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start
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­nhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start

A new computer chip architecture could enable proactive defense against cyberthreats.

Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing
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Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative will use a "range of tailored interventions" to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering,...

China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought
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China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought

Some of China's biggest technology companies are helping the government operate a mass surveillance system.

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.

Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution
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Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution

Jennifer Rexford, Class of 1991 and chair of Princeton's computer science department, discusses the computational whirlwind that has transformed almost every walk...

Patterns of Compulsive Smartphone Use Suggest How to Kick the Habit
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Patterns of Compulsive Smartphone Use Suggest How to Kick the Habit

A study to determine why people compulsively check their phones found a series of triggers, common across age groups, that start and end habitual smartphone use...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?
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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech
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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Be Wary of Robot Emotions
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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency
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Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing software that will allow drivers of its vehicles to earn virtual currency as an incentive for sharing data.
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