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January 2019


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Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

The World Economic Forum has listed large-scale cyberattacks and massive data breaches among the five most probable risks facing the world today.


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Democratizing Data Science

Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated statistical models normally used by experts to analyze,…


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Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Last April, Amina Helmi felt goose bumps while driving to work in the northern Netherlands. It had nothing to do with the weather—it was pure anticipation. Just days earlier, a flood of data had been released from Gaia, a European…


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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.


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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency.


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UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

University of Texas at Austin researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Wrangler supercomputer to examine gene activity across the genomes of 10 species of vertebrates.


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National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.


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Efficiency, Innovation Mark Research In Future Memories

Efficiency, Innovation Mark Research In Future Memories

The U.S. National Science Foundation is exploring multiple approaches.


From ACM Opinion

Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as "a red and extremely elongated asteroid."


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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border

Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted; Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border.


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Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities

Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities

Researchers warn smart building-targeting malware is the next step in the rapidly expanding attack surface made vulnerable by automated systems.


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Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Precursors

Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Precursors

University of Washington researchers have developed a smartphone app that can discern when an opioid overdose has occurred.


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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.


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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.


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3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants

3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants

Face transplants are a proving ground for medical applications of three-dimensional printing and imaging.


From ACM News

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.


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Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm

Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm

Major wireless providers are facing new scrutiny into their privacy practices after a bombshell report sparked a public outcry and questions from lawmakers.


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Texas Hospitals Adapt Existing Technology to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Texas Hospitals Adapt Existing Technology to Tackle Opioid Crisis

The Texas Hospital Association is adapting existing technology to help state hospitals combat the opioid epidemic by supplying them with better information as needed.


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A Star Is Born…With C Programming and Robots

A Star Is Born…With C Programming and Robots

The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering's Robotics and Coding Academy aims to inspires children to pursue careers in science and technology.


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A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale

A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale

Federal authorities and private researchers are warning companies about a wave of domain hijacking attacks.


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IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM will roll out a high-resolution weather forecast model this year.


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Neural Learning on the Edge

Neural Learning on the Edge

The next generation of neural networks will learn from real-time data streamed from smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and machine-to-machine connections.


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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement, eating and rumination patterns. They are milked not by humans …


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Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

An international team of researchers has developed an algorithm that uses Twitter to automatically predict a user's location within minutes.


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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms.


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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily.


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University of California Tells Students Not to Use WeChat, WhatsApp in China

University of California Tells Students Not to Use WeChat, WhatsApp in China

The University of California has warned students and faculty against using messaging apps and social media while visiting China.


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In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

Startups are putting new innovations to work in Japan's elder-care market.


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'ANYmal' Robot Stalks Dark Sewers to Test Its Navigation

'ANYmal' Robot Stalks Dark Sewers to Test Its Navigation

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland are working to help a seeing, hearing, door-opening robot function in extreme conditions.


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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future of communication is being tested right outside their car windows…