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September 2018


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Google Grants €530,000 to Boost Irish Computer Science Curriculum Buzz

Google Grants €530,000 to Boost Irish Computer Science Curriculum Buzz

Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, has provided a €530,000 (US$618,801) grant to Irish NGO Camara Education to double the number of TechSpaces in Irish youth clubs.


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Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

More than half of all workplace tasks will be completed by machines by 2025, according to a World Economic Forum report.


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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.


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Gravity Isn't Leaking Into Other Space Dimensions

Gravity Isn't Leaking Into Other Space Dimensions

In our universe there is a big problem with gravity.


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Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

Crispr's Epic Patent Fight Changed the Course of Biology

After three bitter years and tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the epic battle over who owns one of the most common methods for editing the DNA in any living thing is finally drawing to a close.


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Making Computer Science Accessible

Making Computer Science Accessible

The CSforAll initiative introduced an accessibility pledge to encourage companies and schools to eliminate some of the obstacles to computer science that disabled people face.


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Understanding Deep-Sea Images With AI

Understanding Deep-Sea Images With AI

Researchers have developed a new standardized workflow for sustainable marine image analysis.


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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls. 


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Detecting Illness by Watching You Type

Detecting Illness by Watching You Type

Show us how you type, and artificial intelligence may be able to identify your brain disorder.


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How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling Up the World's Electricity

How to Stop Data Centers from Gobbling Up the World's Electricity

Upload your latest holiday photos to Facebook, and there's a chance they'll end up stored in Prineville, Oregon, a small town where the firm has built three giant data centres and is planning two more.


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Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Talking Gloves, Tactile Windows: New Tech Helps the Disabled

Hadeel Ayoub slips a black glove onto her hand before beginning the swish of sign language that is meaningless to the untrained observer. Then she pushes a button on her wrist, and a small speaker relays the message drawn in …


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The Last of the Universe's Ordinary Matter Has Been Found

The Last of the Universe's Ordinary Matter Has Been Found

Astronomers have finally found the last of the missing universe. It's been hiding since the mid-1990s, when researchers decided to inventory all the "ordinary" matter in the cosmos—stars and planets and gas, anything made out…


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Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors

Enabling 'Internet of Photonic Things' With Miniature Sensors

Researchers have recorded environmental data using a wireless photonic sensor resonator with a whispering-gallery-mode architecture.


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String Art From the Hand of a Robot

String Art From the Hand of a Robot

A new computer system creates string art, an artistic technique in which hooks distributed on a frame are connected by strings back and forth until they form a perceptible image.


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Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming

Post Net Neutrality, Internet Providers Are Slowing Down Your Streaming

Researchers have found that Internet service providers are "giving a fixed amount of bandwidth...to video traffic, but they don't impose these limits on other network traffic."


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Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes

Preventing Exfiltration of Sensitive Docs by Flooding Systems With Hard-to-Detect Fakes

Researchers have proposed protecting important documents by generating so many believable fakes that attackers must either exfiltrate them all or attempt to find the real one.


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Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider

Physicists Develop New Techniques to Enhance Data Analysis for Large Hadron Collider

New machine learning techniques can significantly improve data analysis for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator.


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'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos

'Everybody Dance Now': UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Technology to Alter Dance Videos

New technology can alter dance videos to make amateur dance moves seem more advanced.


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Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?

Deep Learning: Is It Approaching a Wall?

As with all major technologies in their early phases, deep learning must overcome a number of serious challenges.


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What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

What’s in the Sweeping Copyright Bill Just Passed by the European Parliament

Legislation now goes to a three-way negotiation within the EU.


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How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

How The Weather Channel Made That Insane Storm Surge Animation

At a certain point, you think you have a good grasp of what to expect from weather graphics. A color-coded map, a five-day forecast with a sassy cloud.


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Beyond Deep Fakes

Beyond Deep Fakes

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new method of automatically transforming the content of one video into the style of another.


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Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education

Summer Computational Modeling Workshop Enriches Minority Students' Education

Students from two historically black institutions spent two weeks this summer learning digital skills from U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory scientists.


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Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

Developers, Despair: Half Your Time Is Wasted on Bad Code

A study found 31% of developer time is wasted on routine maintenance work, draining $300 billion each year from global GDP.


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AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

Researchers used machine learning to discover 72 fast radio bursts from a mysterious source about 3 billion light years from Earth.


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Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Researchers have built a robotic gripper that can turn friction on and off to facilitate manipulating objects with one hand.


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This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly

This Nifty Flying Robot Can Hover, Bank, and Turn as Deftly as a Fruit Fly

Flying insects like bees, dragonflies, and fruit flies can perform impressive aerodynamic feats, particularly when seeking to evade predators or the swatting motion of a human hand.


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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned home with disabilities of the body or brain.


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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.


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Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Researchers are using two main approaches to replacing black-box machine learning models with prediction methods that are more transparent.