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April 2019


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High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is

High-Tech Collision Warnings, No Matter How Smart Your Car Is

Research suggests older vehicles can be equipped with high-tech systems to make them safer.


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Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity

Army Researchers Identify New Way to Improve Cybersecurity

Scientists may have identified a new technique for strengthening network cybersecurity.


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Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

Home Robot Control for People With Disabilities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an augmented reality interface to help disabled individuals control complex assistive robots.


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Transparent Architecture

Transparent Architecture

Researchers have devised software that enables simulations and fine-grained analyses of real estate that can be made accessible to developers, architects, and real estate firms.


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VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care

VA Looks to 3D-Printing to Improve Veteran Care

A medical team at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is pioneering new ways to use three-dimensional printing.


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Cracking the Crypto War

Cracking the Crypto War

Ray Ozzie thinks he has an approach for accessing encrypted devices that attains the impossible: it satisfies both law enforcement and privacy purists.


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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday. But Mueller repeatedly also lamented what he couldn't learn—because…


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New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing

New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing

Rutgers University researchers designed an algorithm to test for chemical toxicity to benefit workers, and potentially sparing thousands of animals from being experimental subjects.


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Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS

Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS

DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) project aims to develop autonomous artificial intelligences to improve flight safety and performance in battlefield operations.


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A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer

A Biosynthetic Dual-Core Cell Computer

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells, marking a significant breakthrough toward creating powerful biocomputers.


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Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'

Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'

Paris firefighters used a 1,100-pound, tank-like robot to mitigate damage to Notre Dame cathedral and prevent the conflagration from spreading further by entering environments too hazardous for humans.


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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating ice cream with their two toddler daughters.


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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.


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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business.


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UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects

UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects

Researchers have developed navigation software for a satellite launched Tuesday with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.


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The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

Scientists are using advanced technology to explore extreme environments on Earth to seek out and examine resilient microorganisms.


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Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

The idea of using machine learning programs to help write scripts and other tasks is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood.


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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.


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World’s Largest Quantum Computer Doubles Down

World’s Largest Quantum Computer Doubles Down

D-Wave unveils an upgraded quantum computer featuring more than twice the qubits.


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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear: to return the ancient structure to its glorious past, builders…


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NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

NASA's Cassini Reveals Surprises with Titan's Lakes

On its final flyby of Saturn's largest moon in 2017, NASA's Cassini spacecraft gathered radar data revealing that the small liquid lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere are surprisingly deep, perched atop hills and filled with…


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Big Brother at the Mall

Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.


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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.


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Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

The advent of technologies that let businesses track, overhear, and monitor employees on company time is raising issues about corporate surveillance.


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Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

A researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed algorithms capable of determining inventory parameters of trees over large forests.


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Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool

Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool

Princeton University researchers have built an open source Web app that allows homeowners to monitor their smart home devices.


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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.


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The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

The Images That Could Help Rebuild Notre-Dame Cathedral

Before the tragedy seen all around the world, flames leaping from the top of Notre-Dame Cathedral, there was a smaller one, thousands of miles away in upstate New York.


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A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with realistic computer simulators of those same heavy machines, hoping…


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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched.

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