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Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys
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Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys

Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 
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English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed...

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders
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An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders

An artificial intelligence-based lie detector system will be used on international travelers during a six-month pilot program at border crossings in Hungary, Latvia...

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride
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Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride

Travel and tourism firms are deploying next-generation technologies such as robots, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to improve the...

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date
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University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date

Researchers have created a record-setting earthquake wave simulation.

NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer
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NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer

A standard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Apollo 4000-series business computer is being used to conduct science experiments on the International Space Station.

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee
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Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events
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Here's How Much Bots Drive Conversation During News Events

Last week, as thousands of Central American migrants made their way northward through Mexico, walking a treacherous route toward the US border, talk of "the caravan...

Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description
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Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description

A new system uses machine learning to automatically match individuals in videos with their descriptions.

Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope
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Researchers Combine Technologies for New Digital Stethoscope

A prototype digital stethoscope for grading heart ailments and heart-pump performance incorporates precision sensors, electrocardiogram technology, and machine...

Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI
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Christie’s First to Sell Art Made by AI

A painted portrait produced by a machine learning algorithm was auctioned for $432,000 by Christie's auction house in New York.

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
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Sarita Adve Named Recipient of ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The University of Illinois professor helped develop memory consistency models.

Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules
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Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules

It is now legal in the U.S. for consumers and repair companies to break an electronic device's digital rights management protections in order to to repair it.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
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Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind
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NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind

Researchers are using $1.1-million U.S. National Institutes of Health grant to develop a student's system for guiding the blind into an iPhone app.

New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks
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New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks

A new covert defense algorithm employs evasive tactics to deceive cyberattackers targeting critical systems from within.
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