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What's the Hottest Job in Tech?
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What's the Hottest Job in Tech?

Technology recruiting firm Dice's analysis of 6 million U.S. job postings last year found the single largest category of tech job openings was that of software...

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says
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Mac Software Threats Climbed 400% in 2019, More Than Microsoft Windows, Report Says

A report from cybersecurity company Malwarebytes concluded that Mac computers are more vulnerable to software threats than Microsoft Windows systems.

AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times
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AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times

Researchers used artificial intelligence to generate accurate machine learning emulator algorithms for accelerating simulations billions of times, for all scientific...

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...

From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses
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From Detecting Lung Cancer to Spotting Counterfeit Money, a New Imaging Technology Could Have Countless Uses

Spectrally encoded enhanced representations  is a new color spectrum identification method that provides greater clarity and works faster and at greater definition...

Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track
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Reconfigurable Robot Can Climb Up Its Own Track

Researchers in Israel have developed a mobile robot that can change its entire body shape on a link-by-link basis, using an extra actuator to "build its own track...

Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions
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Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions

Researchers at Google have developed a set of components for evaluating algorithmic fairness in simulated social environments.

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 .

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.  
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