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Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes
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Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings. ...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
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Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance
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How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones...

Milner Award and Lecture
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Milner Award and Lecture

Announcing the Milner Award Medallist 2018.

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades
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Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise...

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes
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Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes

Researchers recently conducted a study examining the brains of athletes who had suffered concussions, and comparing them to athletes who had not suffered concussions...

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars
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Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars

The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest...

Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research
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Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research

Researchers have collected more than 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets as part of a project they say could change the landscape of population research.

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
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Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
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AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking
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Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking

The Ripple cryptocurrency is being used by global banks to speed cross-border payments.

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior
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Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior

A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.

A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years
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A Computer Science Legacy Extends 70 Years

Valerie Barr has been selected the first person to hold the Jean E. Sammet Chair in Computer Science at Mount Holyoke College.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?
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How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.

In Memoriam: Charles W. Bachman 1924-2017
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In Memoriam: Charles W. Bachman 1924-2017

An engineer was best known for his work in database management systems, and in techniques of layered architecture that include Bachman diagrams.

The Search for the Solar System's Most Likely Place for Life
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The Search for the Solar System's Most Likely Place for Life

Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.

New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them
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New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House...

Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods
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Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods

Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which customers order products that can be delivered via drones.

Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving
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Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving

Researchers have used sensors and artificial intelligence to create self-driving electric wheelchairs.
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