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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers
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Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers

Researchers have created a system that uses the Amazon Alexa smart speaker's microphone array in combination with echoes of one’s voice to localize a user's whereabouts...

Spy in Your Pocket
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Spy in Your Pocket

Smartphones can analyze virtually every aspect of your personality, beliefs, and behaviors.

Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers
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Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers

Researchers are using drones to capture images of some of the tallest glaciers in the Andes Mountains as they retreat, the result of climate change.

Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness
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Smile! Your Boss Is Tracking Your Happiness

More companies are prioritizing employee happiness to enhance retention and productivity, giving rise to a cottage industry for monitoring, analyzing, and improving...

Treating Asthma with Data Analytics
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Treating Asthma with Data Analytics

A new health information system was designed to help asthma patients better manage their condition.

Show Me the Methane
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Show Me the Methane

A new system uses hyperspectral imaging and machine learning for more accurate detection of methane emissions.

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation
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How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became the Web’s Best Weapon against Misinformation

In the Facebook era, the volunteer editors behind the archaic-looking website have built Wikipedia into a formidable force for truth.

Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms
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Space Weather Model Gives Earlier Warning of Satellite-Killing Radiation Storms

A new machine learning computer model accurately predicts damaging radiation storms caused by Van Allen belts two days before they hit.

Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage
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Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage

Attacks on the light-based radar (LiDAR) of autonomous vehicles could drive them off the road, or freeze them in their (tire) tracks.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.

Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems
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Researchers Identify Cybersecurity Approach to Protect Army Systems

Researchers have developed an approach to protect Army systems from attack in ways that don't require massive amounts of manual intervention.

NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy
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NOAA to Triple Supercomputing Capacity in Bid to Dramatically Improve Forecast Accuracy

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has contracted for two new supercomputers, which would triple the organization's computing capacity.

Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors
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Scientists Develop Free Computer Program to Map Blood Flow 'Landscape' in Tumors

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers have developed a free computer program that lets scientists measure structural and functional abnormalities...

Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles
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Motion Prediction Algorithms Enhance Safety Features for Automated Vehicles

Researchers say a new motion prediction system enhances pedestrian detection in autonomous vehicles.

AI Comes to the Tax Code
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AI Comes to the Tax Code

Governments increasingly are using artificial intelligence and data analytics to detect tax evasion, respond to taxpayer questions, and boost efficiency.

Clearing Up the Picture
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Clearing Up the Picture

Deep learning approaches can process images and video captured in less-then-desirable conditions, providing much clearer results.

Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool
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Texas A&M Researchers Develop Flooding Prediction Tool

Texas A&M University researchers have developed a flooding prediction algorithm that could potentially aid disaster management.

U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues
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U.K.-Funded Supercomputer Models Locust Flows, as Outbreak Continues

A U.K.-funded supercomputer in Kenya is being used to simulate locust swarm migrations ravaging East Africa. 

Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why
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Hacking Victims Are Uncovering Cyberattacks Faster; GDPR Is the Reason Why

GDPR has been linked to quicker cyberattack discovery times in the European Union. 
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