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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

Inside Nike's Store of the Future
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Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request...

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough
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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users...

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy
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Christiana Care Honored for Innovative Use of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve...

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?
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Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'
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NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar...

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions
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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight...

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research
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New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

The Big Spenders in Research and Development
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The Big Spenders in Research and Development

Global technological research and development spending will top $2 trillion this year, according to R&D Magazine's 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast.

FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy
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FUNecole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S....

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants
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What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead
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Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.

To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology
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To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology

Clothing brands collaborated with a Canadian nonprofit to build a website that can identify forests that should be kept pristine, to make supply chains less ecologically...

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks
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Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use
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FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body...

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 
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Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars
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Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%
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Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
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AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.
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