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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

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.

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.

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...

Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Researchers have developed physics-based dynamic rupture models that can simulate complex earthquake ruptures using supercomputers.

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...

Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments
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Quicker Eye for Robotics to Help in Our Cluttered, Human Environments

A new algorithm permits machines to sense their surroundings faster, which could help assistive robots operate more efficiently in unstructured environments.

What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?
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What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?

Researchers have developed a method of teaching a computer to detect an indicator of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue.

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia
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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'
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'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'

Researchers have created artificial intelligence-animated portraits of the Mona Lisa as digitally modified images or "deepfakes."

Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health
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Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with plans of launching a pilot test later...

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide
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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.

Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived
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Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived

Researchers used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements.

How Usable Is VR?
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How Usable Is VR?

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability of virtual reality.

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
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Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.
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