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Autonomy and Automation on the Water
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Autonomy and Automation on the Water

Self-driving and remote-controlled vessels are taking over some duties from human crews.

Wetlands, Crops Can Mitigate Storm Damage to Coastal Cities
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Wetlands, Crops Can Mitigate Storm Damage to Coastal Cities

A new computer model shows that coastal cities can avoid some wind destruction from major weather events if they have functional wetland ecosystems and agricultural...

Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘
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Donald Knuth Reflects on 50 years of ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘

Knuth is known for introducing the notion of "literate programming," emphasizing the importance of writing code that is readable by humans as well as computers....

Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces
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Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces

Researchers have demonstrated that deep convolutional neural networks operate similarly to the way human brains do, in terms of identifying faces.

Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation
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Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation

Researchers in Australia are using drones to help conservation efforts for hippos.

2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age
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2019 ACM Fellows Recognized for Far-Reaching Accomplishments that Define the Digital Age

ACM has recognized 58 members by naming them 2019 ACM Fellows for their contributions to areas that underpin the defining technologies of the digital age. 

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service
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Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service

Amazon Web Services has launched a platform that lets enterprise customers explore how they could benefit from quantum computers by developing and testing quantum...

A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner
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A World With a Billion Cameras Watching You Is Just Around the Corner

Industry researcher IHS Markit expects the number of cameras used for surveillance worldwide to rise above 1 billion by the end of 2021.

Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel
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Hand-Tracking Tech Watches Riders in Self-Driving Cars to See If They're Ready to Take the Wheel

Researchers have developed a hand-tracking system to determine how long it would take a driver to assume control of a self-driving car in an emergency.

50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos
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50 Years Later, We Still Don't Grasp the Mother of All Demos

Doug Engelbart didn't just want to show off new technology. He wanted to demonstrate a system for improving humanity.

Producing Glass with a 3D Printer
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Producing Glass with a 3D Printer

Researchers employed three-dimensional printing to manufacture complex and porous glass objects using an ultraviolet-light-cured resin.

Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors
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Electro-Optical Device Provides Solution to Faster, More Energy-Efficient Computing Memories, Processors

Researchers have developed a nanoscale device that is programmable with either photons or electrons.

Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spot Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists discovered a new underwater fault five miles off Monterey Bay, CA, through the use of infrared laser pulses fired along an idle fiber-optic cable.

Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data
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Most Brazilians Believe Companies Don't Protect Their Personal Data

Among the findings of a Harris Poll survey of 11,000 consumers in 11 countries was that nearly all Brazilians feel companies are not adequately protecting their...

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves
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Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

A new circuit design enables computing using magnetic waves, rather than electricity.

Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make
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Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Researchers developed a digital tool that generates fabrication instructions and solves problems with techniques from programming languages when users design woodworking...

Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket
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Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and fit in a pocket.

AI Moves Into Healthcare
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AI Moves Into Healthcare

Artificial intelligence's diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation.
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