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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.

Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey
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Article 13 Threatens Videogame Streamers in the EU: Survey

Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive could have a drastic impact on video game streamers and their fans in Europe.

MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

EU Adopts Powers to Respond to Cyberattacks
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EU Adopts Powers to Respond to Cyberattacks

The European Union has established a framework giving it powers to punish individuals outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks.

New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance
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New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance

A U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project found machine learning techniques could anticipate Australian wheat yields two months before the end of the growing...

Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread
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Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread

Researchers at Michigan State University are analyzing big data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs...

Ethics in Technology Jobs
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Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

A URLephant Emergency?
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A URLephant Emergency?

Concerns about ensuring website identity and security.

Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs
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Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs

Intel and a coalition of security researchers have identified a new vulnerability in Intel's chips which could permit the theft of sensitive data from central processing...

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions
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Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions

In South Korea, which turned on its 5G telecom networks nationwide in April, businesses and organizations are counting on 5G to enable the delivery of new technologies...

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
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Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Newport Class Makes Astronomy Accessible to Visually Impaired
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Newport Class Makes Astronomy Accessible to Visually Impaired

In a class at St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, CA, visually impaired teens directed telescopes in Chile to capture images of asteroids.

Santa Clara County Redefines 'Street Smart'
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Santa Clara County Redefines 'Street Smart'

Santa Clara County, CA, has deployed a smart traffic management system.

Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections
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Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections

Estonia is currently the only country in the world that authorizes online voting for its entire electorate, due to its confidence in its Internet voting (i-voting)...

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead
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Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead

His insights led to tools widely used in modern cryptography.

Image-Based Computer Model Reveals Finer Details of Tumor Blood Flow Behavior
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Image-Based Computer Model Reveals Finer Details of Tumor Blood Flow Behavior

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a computer simulation of tumor behavior that encapsulates finer blood-flow patterns and how they engineer cancer...

Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry
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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry

Microsoft warns a serious vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services could be exploited to launch a WannaCry-level attack against Internet-connected computers...

Brown Researcher Teaches Robots Handwriting, Drawing
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Brown Researcher Teaches Robots Handwriting, Drawing

A new algorithm gives robots handwriting and drawing capability, in a step toward machines that can communicate and collaborate more seamlessly with humans.

Using Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections
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Using Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

University of Washington scientists have developed a pediatric ear-infection diagnostic technique that uses a smartphone to detect fluid accumulation behind the...
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