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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw
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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

AI and Emotions
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AI and Emotions

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.

Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics
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Making Carbon Nanotubes as Usable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions...

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'
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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.

Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
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Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

The International Criminal Police Organization is assessing software that matches samples of speech in phone calls or social media to voice recordings in a law...

First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off
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First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

Engineers at the University of Washington have created the first wireless, insect-sized flying robot.

Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans
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Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans

Software developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. has helped enhance stroke and dementia diagnosis.

Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection
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Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, is offering U.S. political organizations a free tool to defend against distributed denial-of-device attacks...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics
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Gilles Brassard to Receive the Wolf Prize in Physics

Brassard, a cryptologist, is the co-winner of the 2018 Wolf Prize in Physics, which he is sharing with Charles Bennett of the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center...

New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold
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New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold

Researchers have developed a material that could extend battery life and reduce the heat generation of battery-powered electronic devices.

Making Radio Chips for Hell
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Making Radio Chips for Hell

A new wireless radio mixer integrated circuit can operate at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius.

An Electronic Rescue Dog
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An Electronic Rescue Dog

ETH Zurich researchers in Switzerland have created technology that can detect human metabolic emissions, which could potentially aid search and rescue teams.

In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU
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In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University this fall will launch the first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence in the U.S.

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
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AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition
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Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition

Three Pennsylvania State University researchers will participate this week in the world finals of the 2018 L'Oreal Brandstorm contest in Paris.
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