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Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age
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Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age

Almost 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan are using smartphone software applications on tablet computers to enable "digital play" among preschoolers...

Building a Fly Brain in a Computer
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Building a Fly Brain in a Computer

Researchers have built a neural network that mimics the fruit fly's visual system, and can distinguish and re-identify flies.

Origami Cushions Protect Drones From Collisions
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Origami Cushions Protect Drones From Collisions

Researchers have outfitted flying drones with lightweight, impact-absorbent cushioning inspired by origami to shield them from collisions.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
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China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

IBM to Acquire Software Company Red Hat for $34 billion
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IBM to Acquire Software Company Red Hat for $34 billion

The transaction, underscores IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty's efforts to expand the company's subscription-based software offerings as it faces slowing software...

China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"
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China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"

The Chinese government turned to a local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyberpact in late 2015, the researchers say.

NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still
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NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don't need wheels to explore Mars.

Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories
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Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories

The Hyundai Motor Group plans to expand the use of wearable robots at its manufacturing facilities, even as it aims to grow robotics as a source of revenue.

Bible Helps AI Gain in Translation
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Bible Helps AI Gain in Translation

Dartmouth College researchers used the Bible to improve computer-based text translation.

Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors
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Tiny Drones Team Up to Open Doors

Researchers have developed palm-sized drones that can forcefully tug objects 40 times their own mass by anchoring themselves to the ground or to walls.

Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal
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Self-Driving Car Dilemmas Reveal That Moral Choices Are Not Universal

The largest-ever multinational survey on machine ethics found many moral precepts that guide a driver's decisions are not universal.

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs
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Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs

A new software bot can find bugs in code and write patches with effectiveness comparable to that of human developers.

AI, Explain Yourself
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AI, Explain Yourself

It is increasingly important to understand how artificial intelligence comes to a decision.

A New Movement in Seismology
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A New Movement in Seismology

Unused telecom fiber might be used to detect earthquakes, uncover other secrets in the soil.

Weighing the Impact of GDPR
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing the Impact of GDPR

The EU data regulation will affect computer, Internet, and technology usage within and outside the EU; how it will play out remains to be seen.

What Comes After the Roomba?
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What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.

With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too
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With 5G, You Won't Just Be Watching Video. It'll Be Watching You, Too

Remember the last time you felt terrified during a horror movie? Take that moment, and all the suspense leading up to it, and imagine it individually calibrated...

Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers
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Teleportation Over a 6-Kilometre Cable, Courtesy of Quantum Powers

The fibre-optic cables that carry Internet traffic can also be used for a powerful form of the strange phenomenon known as quantum teleportation.

MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks
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MIT Invention Builds Memory Walls to Protect Against Meltdown, Spectre Attacks

A new system can more effectively protect modern PC architectures against vulnerabilities exploited by malware like Meltdown and Spectre, researchers say.

New Data Science Method Makes Charts Easier to Read at a Glance
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New Data Science Method Makes Charts Easier to Read at a Glance

Researchers have developed a technique to measure visual complexity by supplying a score that automatically identifies difficult charts.
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