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September 2019


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Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Report Reveals Growing Threat of Cyberattacks to Food Safety

Cyberattacks pose a rising threat to food production and safety, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota's Food Protection and Defense Institute.


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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about "tech for tech's sake" than for citizens' benefit.


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'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air

'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air

A new bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface.


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Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs

Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs

Researchers combined artificial intelligence with high-performance computing to expedite analysis of massive datasets generated by cosmological surveys.


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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.


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Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Researchers have developed soft biohybrid robots impelled by neuromuscular tissue that activates in response to light.
 


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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.


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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.


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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.


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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when the devices are turned off.


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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with 90% accuracy.


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Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

Website Rates Security of Internet-Connected Devices

The site, https://yourthings.info, features rankings of 45 devices on their security capabilities.


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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria has used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.


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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.


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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-\ learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.


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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

Researchers in Switzerland are developing new approaches for control of robotic hands for amputees that combine individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation.


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Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment

Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based technique for mapping receptors on cancer cells.


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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.


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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras.


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Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Intel Server-Grade CPUs Impacted by New NetCAT Attack

Researchers have described a new exploit targeting Intel central processing units that support Data-Direct I/O Technology and Remote Direct Memory Access features.


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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.


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Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf

Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf

This year, the scientific distinction with the highest prize money in Germany goes to the pioneer of artificial intelligence.


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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.


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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.


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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.


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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility to hackers.


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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.


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AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims

AI Technology Could Identify Those at Risk of Fatal Heart Attacks, Research Claims

New artificial intelligence technology can help gauge a person's risk for suffering a deadly heart attack, years ahead of time.


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2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow

2020 IT Budgets Increase as Priorities Grow

A TechRepublic Premium survey found that information technology budgets plans for 2020 continue to grow year over year.


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Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Students in a Louisiana State University computer science class developed a crime-prediction software program.

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