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Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy
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Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook has open-sourced a new software framework to simplify robotic programming.

Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered
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Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found 2,040 counterfeit programs among more than 1 million Google Play apps.

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.

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning
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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.

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.

Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years
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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

A study by the nonprofit Allen Institute predicts women writing published computer science research will not achieve gender equality in this century.

Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones
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Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

A new method of tracking unfamiliar drones leverages consumer smartphones to detect the Wi-Fi signals of nearby drones.

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students
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SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

Cornell University's SoNIC workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites...

CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer
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CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

Carnegie Mellon University's Zachary Ulissi will be among the first scientists to use the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Perlmutter...

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers
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Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress
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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system...

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.

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics
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Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb...

Protecting the 2020 Census
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Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000
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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three...

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work
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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics
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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.

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.
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