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April 2019


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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.


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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure.


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Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security

Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that will help pairs of entangled photons smoothly navigate optical fibers, enabling stronger cybersecurity.


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Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

Wormhole Travel Could Be Real, but Would also Be Really Slow

The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky.


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Smart Phone Tricks

Smart Phone Tricks

Researchers refine ways users can interact with a touchscreen.


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Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans

Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans

Robot manufacturers think it is vitally important to win over pedestrians and local officials as they try to expand the emerging technology into communities.


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Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos

Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos

Researchers have developed a way to permit computers to automatically crop photos in an aesthetically satisfying manner.


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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.


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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.


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3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

3D Facial Analysis Could Help Identify Children with Rare Conditions

A new tool can identify subtle but important differences in facial geometry, allowing medical professionals to more quickly diagnose rare medical conditions in children.


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Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords

Serious Flaws Leave WPA3 Vulnerable to Hacks that Steal Wi-Fi Passwords

Security researchers has found several serious design flaws in the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) protocol.


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Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap

Radical Programming School '42' Still Solving for the Skills Gap

The radical educational experiment is geared to solving the tech industry's chronic shortage of skilled programmers.


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Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers

Hello World: Shining a Light onto the Culture of Computer Programmers

A chat with tech journalist Clive Thompson about his new book, Coders.


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A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

 A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

At almost every wavelength, engineers have electromagnetic antennae that can detect and record the waves and create exotic images of the world at radio, microwave, infrared, visible, and x-ray frequencies.


From ACM Opinion

Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman

Black Hole Hunters: Q&A With Katie Bouman

Scientists have revealed the first-ever image of a black hole. The picture is the result of a global collaboration in which scientists linked together telescopes virtually to create one, huge, Earth-sized telescope.


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Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors

Researchers Develop Method to Improve 3D-Printed Prosthetics by Integrating Electronic Sensors

Researchers have integrated electronic sensors with personalized three-dimensionally-printed prosthetics, which could make electric-powered prosthetics more affordable.


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Walmart Rolling Out the Robots

Walmart Rolling Out the Robots

Walmart is expanding its deployments of robots in its stores to help track inventory, clean floors, and unload trucks.


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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of Canberra.


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Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver

Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver

U.K. startup Wayve said it has created an autonomous vehicle that can learn to drive the way a human does, through trial and error, using cameras and satellite navigation.


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Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields

Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields

Girls of Steel is a K-12 program designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math subjects to girls through mentoring and robotics competition.


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How China's Huawei Took the Lead Over U.S. Companies in 5G Technology

How China's Huawei Took the Lead Over U.S. Companies in 5G Technology

As U.S. officials have pressured allies not to use networking gear from Chinese technology giant Huawei over spying concerns, President Trump has urged American companies to "step up" and compete to provide the next generation…


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Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?

Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?

With drone racing becoming more popular, spectators and commentators need better ways of seeing which drones are ahead and which are falling behind.


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Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Researchers have used machine learning to create basil plants that are extra-tasty.


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Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet and Apple are following different strategies to transform healthcare.


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These Are the Best Companies to Work for in China in 2019, According to LinkedIn

These Are the Best Companies to Work for in China in 2019, According to LinkedIn

A study by LinkedIn found 15 of China's top 25 companies to work for this year are technology firms, including embattled telecommunications provider Huawei.


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A Healthy Dose of Wearables

A Healthy Dose of Wearables

Smart watches and other wearables are evolving into medical devices that will drive significant changes in healthcare.


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Mars Methane Hunt Comes Up Empty, Flummoxing Scientists

Mars Methane Hunt Comes Up Empty, Flummoxing Scientists

A spacecraft that was supposed to solve the mystery of methane on Mars has instead compounded scientists' confusion.


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As Office Tenants Expect More Tech, Even the Windows Get Smart

As Office Tenants Expect More Tech, Even the Windows Get Smart

Demand for new technologies from office developers and tenants is fueling competition between suppliers.


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New Feature Enables Car to Drive Itself Through a Parking Lot to Pick You Up

New Feature Enables Car to Drive Itself Through a Parking Lot to Pick You Up

Tesla has unveiled a new feature allowing drivers to remotely call their Tesla car to drive itself through a parking lot to pick them up.


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Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code

Through Hip-Hop and Dance, This Nonprofit Teaches Girls of Color How to Code

Weekly danceLogic classes offered by Philadelphia’s West Park Cultural Center include one hour of dance instruction and practice, followed by an hour of coding.