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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'
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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control
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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

Researchers in Switzerland are developing new approaches for control of robotic hands for amputees that combine individual finger control and automation for improved...

Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf
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Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf

This year, the scientific distinction with the highest prize money in Germany goes to the pioneer of artificial intelligence.

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020
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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility...

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims
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AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims

New artificial intelligence technology can help gauge a person's risk for suffering a deadly heart attack, years ahead of time.

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow
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2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow

A TechRepublic Premium survey found that information technology budgets plans for 2020 continue to grow year over year.

Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction
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Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Students in a Louisiana State University computer science class developed a crime-prediction software program.

Head in the Clouds
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Head in the Clouds

Brain-computer interfaces, like so much else, may be migrating to the cloud.

Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction
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Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction

Researchers have developed an interactive robot that responds to the immediate actions of live lava lizards on the Galapagos Islands.

Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer
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Scientists Find the Skull of Humanity's Ancestor, on a Computer

Researchers reconstructed a virtual skull of the last common human ancestor using computerized-tomography scans of 260 modern-day skulls from various populations...

States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts
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States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts

A new study found that only 45% of U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science, and that girls and minorities are underrepresented in those classes.

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon
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Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon

A new system uses reprogrammable ink to allow objects to change colors when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and visible light sources.
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