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February 2019


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What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.


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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

As recently as Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo had brokered a meeting between Amazon executives and union leaders who had been resistant to the deal.


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The Internet, Divided Between U.S. and China, Has Become Battleground

The Internet, Divided Between U.S. and China, Has Become Battleground

The global Internet is splitting in two between China and most of the rest of the world.


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Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.


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U.S. Defense Digital Service Looks to Retool Tech Recruitment

U.S. Defense Digital Service Looks to Retool Tech Recruitment

The U.S. Defense Department's Defense Digital Services has been tasked "to recruit non-traditional technical talent."


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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems.


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Connecting the Disconnected

Connecting the Disconnected

The Web-based AmpleHarvest.org platform connects home and community gardeners to nearby food pantries, to help individuals in need.


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NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to…


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40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

40 Countries Agree: Cars Must Have Automatic Braking

A 40-nation coalition has agreed to mandate the inclusion of automated braking systems in new cars and light commercial vehicles, beginning as soon as next year.


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And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain

And the Academy Award Goes to the Smiths Falls Programmer Behind This Megavillain

Disney Research computer programmer Derek Bradley won a Technical Achievement Oscar for his work on motion-capture technology used in the film "Avengers: Infinity War."


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Drone Captures Thousands of Years of Archaeology on Remote Scottish Islands

Drone Captures Thousands of Years of Archaeology on Remote Scottish Islands

Last fall, the National Trust for Scotland commissioned a drone survey of the Small Isles archipelago, to precisely locate archaeological features.


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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.


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Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store

Retail Technology Aims to Bring Customers Back to the Store

A pair of startups are developing technologies to enhance the in-store experience for customers, retailers, and manufacturers.


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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.


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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate changefake newsinequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers whose capabilities are enhanced by electronic devices implanted…


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Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning to artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing for help in identifying…


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Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.


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Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.


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New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.


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Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs

Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs

Hyper-scale datacenters need more efficient control of their electrical use.


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New Horizons' Evocative Farewell Glance at Ultima Thule

New Horizons' Evocative Farewell Glance at Ultima Thule

An evocative new image sequence from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft offers a departing view of the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) nicknamed Ultima Thule—the target of its New Year's 2019 flyby and the most distant world ever explored…


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360 Video: Curiosity Rover Departs Vera Rubin Ridge

360 Video: Curiosity Rover Departs Vera Rubin Ridge

After exploring Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge for more than a year, NASA's Curiosity rover recently moved on. But a new 360-video lets the public visit Curiosity's final drill site on the ridge, an area nicknamed "Rock Hall."


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Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'

Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'

Intel has partnered with the U.K.-based soccer teams Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal to introduce its state-of-the-art True View system to each team's respective stadium.


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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Adding sophisticated features to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new report.


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Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements

Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements

Researchers have provided open access to detailed satellite data on brightness for five cities in Niger and Nigeria.


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New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City

New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City

New York City is the best city in the world for the technology industry, according to the Savills Index.


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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

A robot equipped with artificial intelligence learned to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.


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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence research and commercialization.


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The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending

The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending

The computational economics enabled by Moore's Law is now changing. 


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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

Opinion by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School.