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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes
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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

How Web designers develop sites to ensure the colorblind can perceive them.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer
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OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence...

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'
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'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'

Researchers have created artificial intelligence-animated portraits of the Mona Lisa as digitally modified images or "deepfakes."

These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory
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These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

New material provides a fuller, fairer account of the birth of chaos.

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...

Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health
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Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with plans of launching a pilot test later...

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities
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NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has initiated the last stage of a four-year project to develop a national drone traffic management system...

Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots
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Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load.

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos
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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.

Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived
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Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived

Researchers used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements.

Molecular Landscaping
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Molecular Landscaping

Researchers are pursuing promising drug candidates via supercomputing to differentiate candidate molecules' protein-binding ability.

Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential
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Businesses, Universities Team Up on New Digital Technology Credential

George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth universities now offer a digital technology credential.

As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain
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As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

Google's plan to limit the software services it provides Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei is expected to accelerate the isolation of China's Internet users...
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