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Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
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Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A brain-computer interface developed by researchers at the University of Houston can sense when its user is expecting a reward.

Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood
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Africa Technology Hub Rises in Congested Lagos Neighborhood

The Yaba neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria, is a growing technology hub hosting more than 60 startups, digital laboratories, and the Yaba College of Technology.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection
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AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection

A new artificial intelligence system can detect unidentified or underidentified structural damage in major infrastructure such as nuclear reactors, skyscrapers,...

About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork
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About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork

Researchers have developed a technique to automatically analyze portrait artwork, factoring in fine-grained detail, accuracy, and individual artistic style.

Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos
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Computer Virus Has Thrown Philadelphia's Court System Into Chaos

A computer virus has crippled Philadelphia's online court system for more than three weeks, raising issues about how cities can respond when essential services...

Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected
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Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected

Every year, the IT skills shortage worsens, warns Harvey Nash CEO Albert Ellis, with the fields of big data, security and AI most acutely affected.

Students Build App That Empowers Teachers in Remote Corners of the World
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Students Build App That Empowers Teachers in Remote Corners of the World

Students have developed an Android app built specifically for teachers in developing countries that may have limited or no Internet access.

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking
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A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking

A study has determined that academic papers with hyphens in their titles are counted less frequently in citation-tallying datasets.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations
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Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations

As some people invest in the latest advancements to help them cope with diabetes, others are hacking into insulin pumps to give them the ability to adjust themselves...

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them
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Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them

Employer branding specialist Universum has released its annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the U.S. for 2019.

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological...

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.
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