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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells
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Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

A new computer system used deep learning to teach itself to accurately predict extreme weather events like heat waves and cold spells, based on a minimal amount...

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth
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Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth

A new three-dimensional simulation  combines the macroscopic scale of tissue with the microscopic scale of individual cells to realistically model the mechano-biology...

Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter
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Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter

Researchers have created a dataset for training future autonomous vehicles to drive in winter conditions.

World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language
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World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Lingdong Huang has created the first programming language based on classical Chinese.

Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System
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Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System

Researchers have stored and retrieved over 200 kilobytes of digital image files by encoding the data in mixtures of custom-synthesized libraries of small molecules...

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold
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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

Researchers have designed a prototype "smart surface" that can concentrate wireless radio signals to maximize reception. 

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips
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Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Opening up part of the chipmaking process could jostle the industry.

CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest
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CT Scans, 3D Printing Give Voice to Mummified Priest

Researchers in the U.K. used computed tomography scanning and a three-dimensionally-printed larynx to reproduce the sound from the vocal tract of a 3,000-year-old...

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Soft, Sensitive, and Smart
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Soft, Sensitive, and Smart

The future of robotic skin.

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers
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Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers

Virginia school districts are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science courses that count as credit at local community colleges,...

Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps
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Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps

A new artificial intelligence model uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps.

California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System
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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security...

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places
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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with...

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads
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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico...
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