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The End of Internet Freedom?
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The End of Internet Freedom?

Russia and other countries are turning to more stringent Internet controls that threaten the free flow of information.

Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms
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Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms

Researchers have found a way to make artificial atoms on a silicon chip more stable by drawing in additional electrons to the atoms' outer shell, which could produce...

The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp
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The High Cost of a Free Coding Bootcamp

Students at Lambda School say the program hasn't delivered on its promise.

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. 

Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet
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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and...

Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms
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Google, LinkedIn, Others Send Employees Into New York Classrooms

Tech companies with offices in New York City—including Google, LinkedIn, and Spotify—are sending employees to teach 22 computer science courses at the City University...

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...

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks
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The Top 10 Software Flaws Used by Crooks

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future report that eight of the top 10 software flaws most commonly exploited last year were associated with Microsoft...

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.

Finding a Face in the Crowd
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Finding a Face in the Crowd

Prototype software will make it easier to track people, individually or in groups.  

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...

Trump Wants to Double Spending on AI, Quantum Computing
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Trump Wants to Double Spending on AI, Quantum Computing

White House budget calls for annual spending of $2 billion on artificial intelligence and $860 million on quantum technologies within two years.

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.

Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier
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Robot Submarine Snaps First Images at Foundation of Antarctic Glacier

A robotic submarine captured the first-ever images of the foundations on the ocean floor of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica.

Australia Focusing on Blockchain Potential with New Roadmap
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Australia Focusing on Blockchain Potential with New Roadmap

Australia's government has released a blockchain roadmap outlining a strategy to facilitate job creation, economic growth, more cost-efficient business, and higher...

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
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Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).
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