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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe
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In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe

On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers at the Institute for Advanced Study for a champagne reception.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges
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Goldman Sachs Wants to Pay Students $100,000 to Tackle Wall Street's Technology Challenges

Goldman Sachs is accepting applications for a new program that will pay student computer engineers $100,000 to tackle "commercially oriented" research challenges...

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)
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There Are Probably Cameras on Your Flight, but Relax, They're Not On (Yet)

U.S.-based airlines have been asked to respond to reports of cameras installed in airplane seat backs.

Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japanese Space Probe Drops Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu

For the past year, space probe Hayabusa2 has pelted asteroid Ryugu with bouncing probes, shot a bullet at it, and taken a bite of it—all for science.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable
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How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Google says the fiber optic cable it's building across the Atlantic Ocean will be the fastest of its kind.

Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: U.N. Telecoms Chief
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Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: U.N. Telecoms Chief

U.S. security concerns about 5G mobile networks built by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei appear to be driven by politics and trade rather than any evidence, the head...

Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner
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Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner

Artificial intelligence researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Changing How a Country Types
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Changing How a Country Types

Researchers led by Aalto University in Finland used computational methods to reposition keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing in French.

VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
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VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

CAVE, a shared virtual reality experience that transports audiences back to 10,000 BC, will debut April 24 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant
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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant

Walmart this month will launch a new service in which customers can order groceries virtually through Google Assistant.

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
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Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
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Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research
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Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research

Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to foster homegrown knowledge of the technology...

Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust
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Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust

Researchers have shown that it is relatively easy for robots to regain the trust of humans after lying to them.

Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats
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Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats

A new computer-based set of rules more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit from lifesaving implanted defibrillators.
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