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RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles
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RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can experience collisions without being damaged.

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy
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International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy

A study by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement found inconsistent computer literacy rates across 12 countries.

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance
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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show
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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member...

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom
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Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom

Parents and students are grappling with the privacy implications of software increasingly used by U.S. schools, including apps that monitor students' movements—even...

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation
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'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retailers and logistics operators are investing in collaborative robots (cobots) to accelerate warehouse operations in the holiday season.

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition
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Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Researchers have gained new insights on humans' ability to recognize faces, through the use of deep neural networks.

Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'
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Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'

The creator of the world's most popular programming language goes into retirement.

China Passes Cryptography Law
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China Passes Cryptography Law

China has passed a cryptography statute, which will become law on Jan. 1, that regulates how government, businesses, and private citizens may use the technology...

Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People
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Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People

Scientists used deep learning neural networks to help digital characters in video games move more realistically.

Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts
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Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts

VisFlow is a framework that even novices can use to create highly flexible visualizations from almost any data.

Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture
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Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture

The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture aims to develop standards and practices to make disaster response more effective.

Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey
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Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey

Nearly half of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics jobs surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace...

Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event
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Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event

Five teenaged Syrian refugees working together as Team Hope led a four-team alliance to win the grand finale of the FIRST Global Challenge 2019 in Dubai.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.
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