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A New Sense for Underwater Robots
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A New Sense for Underwater Robots

Marrja Kruusmaa and her colleagues in Estonia have developed a way for underwater robots to better understand their environment.

Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes
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Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes

The HyperTools open source software package leverages mathematical techniques to understand high-dimensional datasets via the underlying geometric structures they...

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates
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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award
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W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

The College of William & Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been named to receive the ACM Outstanding Community Service Award.

Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand
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Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand

The Hennes robotic hand streamlines the mechanical design of other myoelectric prosthetics, using sensors that respond to the brain's electrical stimuli to the...

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now
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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."

Sensor Stickers Transform the Human Body Into a Multi-Touch Surface
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Sensor Stickers Transform the Human Body Into a Multi-Touch Surface

A new skin sensor allows interaction designers to produce skin-like, sensitive multi-touch sensors for any part of the body.

How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy
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How Even One Connected Vehicle Can Improve Safety, Save Energy

Researchers have found that even one automated vehicle using connected cruise control on the road among human-driven cars increases safety and reduces energy use...

How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function
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How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

A novel mathematical method to analyze lung scans could transform diagnosis and assessment of respiratory maladies.

Randles Named to Receive 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
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Randles Named to Receive 2017 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Duke University professor Amanda Randles has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award.

If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth
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If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth

Two women helping to lead the tech sector towards greater diversity and inclusion discuss the power of code to advance women from America to Afghanistan.

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Just Gave the Humble Piece of Paper a Futuristic Redesign
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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Just Gave the Humble Piece of Paper a Futuristic Redesign

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device that looks like a normal sheet of paper, but is able to digitally transfer writing to a computer.

AI Can Spot Signs of Autism in Babies
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AI Can Spot Signs of Autism in Babies

Researchers have discovered a way to use artificial intelligence to interpret electroencephalograms to determine the chances of a child having autism spectrum disorder...

Atomically Thin Magnetic Device Could Lead to New Memory Technologies
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Atomically Thin Magnetic Device Could Lead to New Memory Technologies

Researchers from the University of Washington, working with colleagues from four other institutions, encoded information using magnets only a few atomic layers...

Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique
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Stanford Researchers Investigate Behavior in Quantum Systems With a Toy-Inspired Technique

Stanford University scientists have created a quantum version of Newton's cradle to study the emergence of quantum chaos and thermal equilibrium.

Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems
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Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks on digital U.S. voting systems ahead...

Brain Drain: Many Canadian Science, Tech Grads Heading to U.S. for Work
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Brain Drain: Many Canadian Science, Tech Grads Heading to U.S. for Work

Canada's loss of technology and innovation talent to the U.S. has surpassed levels previously identified as harmful to economic expansion.

Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks
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Flying Beetle Cyborgs Guided With Tiny Battery-Powered Backpacks

Researchers in Singapore have developed cyborg flying beetles.
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