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Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries
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Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries

The University at Buffalo's Christopher McNorgan has developed a computer model of the human brain that more accurately simulates brain-impairment patterns than...

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves
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Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets)....

New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing
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New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

Danielle Citron, a privacy scholar who has done pioneering work in combating hate crimes and other abuses in cyberspace, has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow....

Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next
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Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Germany’s Bundesliga professional football (soccer) league is making Amazon its official technology provider, providing statistics (among other things) for the...

How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable
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How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable

Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts 'quantum weirdness' on a whole new level.

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs
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Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a new program that would help train workers for careers in computer science and other high-tech jobs.

A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor
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A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

National University of Singapore researchers have developed an upgrade to wearable health monitors that can read the pH of wearers' sweat.

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You
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Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that analyzes students' emotions to measure their engagement level in a class. 

A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird
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A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird

Stanford University researchers affixed actual pigeon feathers to a robot to allow it to fly like a bird.

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data
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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Scientists have computationally improved the accuracy of crop yield forecasts according to genetic data from corn seedlings.

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?
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How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

A new study found that health knowledge graphs perform poorly for diseases with high percentages of very old or young patients, or high percentages of male or female...

Exploring the Theory of Computing
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Exploring the Theory of Computing

In his new book, Avi Wigderson argues for computing’s central role in human thought.

Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight
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Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

Some of Google's biggest rivals filed amicus briefs on its behalf Monday in a copyright battle with Oracle.  

Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data
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Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook users will now receive notifications reminding them that third parties have a glimpse into their information, and that controls are available to restrict...

Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing
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Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a cryogenic memory cell circuit incorporating three inductively coupled Josephson junctions that...

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job
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How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. ...

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
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Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack
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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida...
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