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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...

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul
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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

A new electronic platform from General Motors is envisioned as the linchpin of the automaker's future, enabling the function of almost all its cars' digital systems...

Protecting Privacy from Wireless Spycams
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Protecting Privacy from Wireless Spycams

Computer science techniques combat intrusive cameras.

States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife
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States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife

Public transportation agencies in nearly every state are using drones, according to a recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials...

Five Outstanding Innovators Under Age 40 Honored at Design Automation Conference
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Five Outstanding Innovators Under Age 40 Honored at Design Automation Conference

The 56th Design Automation Conference announced the five recipients of this year’s Under-40 Innovators Award.

Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware
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Security Researchers Discover Linux Version of Winnti Malware

Security researchers have discovered a Linux version of Winnti, a malware used by Chinese government-sponsored hackers.

How Usable Is VR?
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How Usable Is VR?

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality.

U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.

'Spidey Senses' Could Help Autonomous Machines See Better
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'Spidey Senses' Could Help Autonomous Machines See Better

Researchers have developed sensors inspired by animals to help autonomous machines navigate in dangerous environments and avoid accidents.
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