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Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?
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Are Bots a Danger for Political Election Campaigns?

Researchers in Germany have probed the extent to which autonomous social bots were used on Twitter during Japan's general elections in 2014.

ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education
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ISTE and Code.org Partner to Advance Computer Science Education

The International Society for Technology in Education and Code.org have formed a partnership to create more opportunities for educators interested in teaching computer...

Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
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Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

Researchers are developing cooperative swarms of tiny robots called smarticles that can collectively perform complex behaviors.

Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides
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Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides

AccuMM is a new automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides.

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
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Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors
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Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors

Researchers say they have successfully programmed tiny robots to destroy tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies
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The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies

More and more businesses are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment; here's why.

Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads
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Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads

Researchers recently examined the anti-ad blocking environment and what can be done to improve it.

Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society
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Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society

The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched the Center for Machine Intelligence.

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something...

Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities
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Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities

Disabled students are often shortchanged in computer science education, and Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington's DO-IT Center, is working...

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel
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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

U.s. Leads but China Gains in Nsf 2018 S&e Indicators Report
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U.s. Leads but China Gains in Nsf 2018 S&e Indicators Report

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 report found the U.S. still leads in science and engineering worldwide, although...

Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education
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Eight Governors Join Coalition to Expand Computer Science Education

The Governors' Partnership for K-12 Computer Science has added eight new members, bringing the total number of participants to 16 U.S. governors.

Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages
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Scientists Work to Automate Quick Translation of Obscure Languages

Researchers have received a U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity grant to develop an automated tool for translating obscure languages.

Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule
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Tech Giants Brace For Europe's New Data Privacy Rule

Over the past two months, Google has started letting people around the world choose what data they want to share with its various products, including Gmail and...

Technologies Support Dementia Patients
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Technologies Support Dementia Patients

A small but growing category of assistive technologies is aimed at people with cognitive disabilities.

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages
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Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages

Developers are planning to focus on languages created and popularized by Silicon Valley technology companies, according to HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report...
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