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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...

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

The Trade Secret
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The Trade Secret

Firms that promised high-tech ransomware solutions almost always just pay the hackers.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
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Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...

Researchers Find Patterns Associated with Extreme Floods
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Researchers Find Patterns Associated with Extreme Floods

Researchers used a machine-learning based analysis of extreme floods in the U.S. to learn that these events are associated with four types of atmospheric patterns...

Computational Tool Enables Molecular Analysis of Biomedical Tissue Samples
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Computational Tool Enables Molecular Analysis of Biomedical Tissue Samples

Stanford University researchers have developed a computational tool that facilitates analysis of individual cell behavior in biomedical tissue samples.

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix
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Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix

Technology developer Waymo and ride-hailing company Lyft have partnered to deploy driverless vehicles for Lyft's robotaxi service in Phoenix, AZ.

Welcome the Plants That Move on their Own
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Welcome the Plants That Move on their Own

Exploring the potential of plant-robot hybrids that can produce architectural artifacts and living spaces.

For the First Time, Engineers Measure Accuracy of 2 Qubits in Silicon--and It Works
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For the First Time, Engineers Measure Accuracy of 2 Qubits in Silicon--and It Works

Researchers have quantified the accuracy of two-quantum-bit operations in silicon, in another step toward reliable quantum computing.

When Computer Science Majors Take Improv
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When Computer Science Majors Take Improv

Northeastern University computer science majors are required to take a class in theater and improvisation, where they practice exercises to cultivate empathy, creativity...

Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring
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Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring

Sweden's forest companies are embracing technology to cut costs and boost profits, while freeing employees from mundane tasks.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
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San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city.

Scientists in China Develop Ultra-Long Range AI Camera
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Scientists in China Develop Ultra-Long Range AI Camera

Researchers in China have developed camera technology that can render human sized-subjects from up to 28 miles away.
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