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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con
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Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con

Quantum cryptography is clever and impressive, but companies calling it "unbreakable" and "unhackable" turns me into Shrödinger's sourpuss.

The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China
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The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China

Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters
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The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters

Datacenters are being decommissioned at a rapid pace.

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients
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Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients

A new robot has successfully performed its first round of supermicrosurgical procedures.

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms
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Engineers Built a Stable Quantum Silicon Chip From Artificial Atoms

Researchers have found a way to make artificial atoms on a silicon chip more stable by drawing in additional electrons to the atoms' outer shell, which could produce...

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells
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Deep Learning Accurately Forecasts Heat Waves, Cold Spells

A new computer system used deep learning to teach itself to accurately predict extreme weather events like heat waves and cold spells, based on a minimal amount...

FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries
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FAA Moves Toward Certifying Specific Drones for Package Deliveries

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new safety standards for specific unmanned-aircraft models, a significant step toward eventually authorizing...

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth
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Computer Simulation for Understanding Brain Cancer Growth

A new three-dimensional simulation  combines the macroscopic scale of tissue with the microscopic scale of individual cells to realistically model the mechano-biology...

Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter
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Research Data Puts Self-Driving Cars to the Ultimate Test: Canadian Winter

Researchers have created a dataset for training future autonomous vehicles to drive in winter conditions.
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