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December 2018


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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.


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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

Generative design is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial components.


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ORU's New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More

ORU's New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More

Oral Roberts University has unveiled an $850,000 supercomputer, with the goal of bolstering the institution's science, technology, engineering, and math program.


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UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information

UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information

University of California, Riverside researchers in October demonstrated side-channel graphics processing unit attacks using direct and cross-computational stacks.


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Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report says U.S. adoption of automation is lagging behind that of other countries.


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Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness

Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness

New tools aim to remove unconscious and other types of bias from algorithms.


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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.


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The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA held its collective breath as seven astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope 353 miles (568 kilometers) above Earth. Their mission: to fix a devastating…


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OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?

OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?

Computer algorithm-based valuations could replace appraisers.


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Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality

Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality

A new technique allows physical objects to be replicated for the augmented and virtual reality space using any digital camera with a flash.


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Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots

Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots

The defunct Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, Cumbria in the U.K. is a toxic environment that must be cleaned up by robots.


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White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push

White House Outlines Five-Year STEM Push

The Trump administration has announced a five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.


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Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair

Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair

A new prototype kit exploits artificial intelligence to enable a disabled person to drive a motorized wheelchair using facial expressions.


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Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results

Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results

Researchers in Japan have proposed a scale-free mechanism to guide an artificial bee colony algorithm's exploration process.


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These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

These Dusty Young Stars Are Changing the Rules of Planet-Building

Some 100,000 years ago, when Neanderthals still occupied the caves of southern Europe, a star was born.


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Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California

Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California

The Little Hoover Commission is calling for immediate action by California's governor and legislature on artificial intelligence.


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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

The Friendship That Made Google Huge

Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.


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NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Arrives at Asteroid Bennu

NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft completed its 1.2 billion-mile (2 billion-kilometer) journey to arrive at the asteroid Bennu Monday. The spacecraft…


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All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

All the Light There Is to See? 4 x 10⁸⁴ Photons

In one of those exercises that you think should be impossible or perhaps a punishment for some infraction, a team of astronomers has now measured the total amount of light that has ever been produced by all the stars in our universe…


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NSF, NASA Announce Commitments to Support White House Strategic Plan on STEM Education

NSF, NASA Announce Commitments to Support White House Strategic Plan on STEM Education

The National Science Foundation is expanding its diversity program to other federal agencies, and creating new graduate internship opportunities.


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AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls

AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls

The U.S. Commerce Department has called for input by Dec. 19 on which of 14 emerging technologies should face export controls.


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Amazon Sets About Speeding Up Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations

Amazon Sets About Speeding Up Space Data Processing in the Cloud With AWS Ground Stations

Amazon Web Services is creating a managed network of ground stations to boost the efficiency of processing data from orbiting space satellites and moving it to the cloud.


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Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality

Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality

A growing number of companies are using virtual reality to enable scientists to view, design, and manipulate molecular structures.


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The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles

The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles

Are pizza delivery guys destined to be so 20th century?


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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful than today's computers.


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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

The Friendship That Made Google Huge

One day in March of 2000, six of Google's best engineers gathered in a makeshift war room.


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Galactic Beacons Get Snuffed Out in a Cosmic Eyeblink

Galactic Beacons Get Snuffed Out in a Cosmic Eyeblink

Stephanie LaMassa did a double take. She was staring at two images on her computer screen, both of the same object—except they looked nothing alike.


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'Chemputer' Promises App-Controlled Revolution for Drug Production

'Chemputer' Promises App-Controlled Revolution for Drug Production

A new technique for producing drug molecules uses downloadable blueprints to easily, reliably synthesize organic chemicals via a programmable computer.


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Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push

Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push

A new technique method allows virtual reality users to move faraway objects and focus with an approach for remote object manipulation.


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MUHC Researchers Develop Effective HIV Self-Testing App: Study

MUHC Researchers Develop Effective HIV Self-Testing App: Study

A new app for people who want to test themselves for human immunodeficiency virus can potentially reduce the disease's spread and connect those infected with timely treatment.