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October 2019


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Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

Space Station Experiment Makes Meat in Microgravity Using 3D Bioprinter

A 3D bioprinter fabricated a beef steak aboard the International Space Station thanks to a collaboration of Aleph Farms and 3D Bioprinting Solutions.


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An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

An AI Pioneer Wants His Algorithms to Understand the 'Why'

Yoshua Bengio, co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, thinks artificial intelligence will not realize its full potential until it can learn more about cause and effect, which would make existing AI systems smarter and…


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La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.


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Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have agreed to a five-year partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new drugs faster, and with greater precision.


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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's Voice-over-Internet-Protocol components.


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Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face

Your Next Vacation Is Written on Your Face

Travel companies are using sophisticated technology to help understand what people like.


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Underwater Drones Make Waves

Underwater Drones Make Waves

Underwater drones offer scientists a glimpse into the world's least-known frontier.


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That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.


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IBM Hackathon Winner Helps Fight Rash of Wasted Food

IBM Hackathon Winner Helps Fight Rash of Wasted Food

A group called FreShip was named the winner of IBM’s Food Waste Developer Challenge, a hackathon that tasked U.S. developers to create food-waste-combatting solutions from open source technology.


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Decade of Cybersecurity Data Could Predict Future Malicious Online Activity

Decade of Cybersecurity Data Could Predict Future Malicious Online Activity

Researchers have developed a comprehensive dataset of the global cybersecurity threat landscape from 2007 to 2017, to help cybersecurity specialists derive new insights on cybersecurity threats.


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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.


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System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.


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App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

App Detects Eye Disease in Personal Photos

Baylor University researchers have developed a free smartphone app that uses machine learning to flag eye disease from personal photos, as much as a year ahead of clinical diagnosis.


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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.


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U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

U.S. Steps Up Scrutiny of Airplane Cybersecurity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revived a program to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities in aviation, in conjunction with the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Transportation.


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People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails

People Are Overconfident About Identifying Phishing Emails

The results of a new study suggest that people may be overconfident in their ability to identify email phishing scams.


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France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program

France is set to become the first European country to use facial recognition technology to provide its citizens secure digital identities.


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Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients

Ransomware Forces Hospitals to Turn Away All but Most Critical Patients

Ransomware has crippled hospitals in Alabama and Australia, blocking admission for all but the most critical new patients.


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Women in STEM: No Simple Answers

Women in STEM: No Simple Answers

National averages of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions vary greatly, for many reasons.


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Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

Military Drones Now Common to Nearly 100 Nations, Report Finds

A report by researchers at Bard College's Center for the Study of the Drone estimated that 95 countries currently own unmanned military drones—up from 60 in 2010.


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Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks

Microsoft, MasterCard, Hewlett Foundation Launch Institute to Investigate Cyberattacks

Microsoft, MasterCard, the Hewlett Foundation, and other organizations have jointly announced the launch of an institute to probe cyberattacks and help their victims.


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UBC Study Highlights Need to Improve Healthcare Access in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle

UBC Study Highlights Need to Improve Healthcare Access in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle

A study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada yielded a data science technique for analyzing how easily citizens can access hospitals and walk-in health clinics.


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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.


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PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

PDFex Attack Can Exfiltrate Data from Encrypted PDF Files

Researchers in Germany have developed a new attack that can extract and steal data from encrypted Portable Document Format (PDF)  files, sometimes without user interaction.


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Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Ready, Set, Algorithms! Teams Learn AI by Racing Cars

Amazon Web Services developed the DeepRacer League, a competition designed to teach a branch of artificial intelligence known as reinforcement learning.


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EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

EPFL Researchers Invent Low-Cost Alternative to Bitcoin

Researchers in Switzerland have developed a system that represents a new, low-cost way to think about cryptocurrencies.


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Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Decades-Old Code Putting Millions of Critical Devices at Risk

Recently discovered vulnerabilities in a nearly 20-year-old industry standard network protocol from Interpeak could potentially make millions of devices exploitable.


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High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

High-Tech Sensors May Be Key to Autonomous Cars

Some companies are considering the use of high-tech sensors to address self-driving cars'  limited ability to safely maneuver in traffic and see clearly in all weather conditions.


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UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

UPS Drones Win FAA Milestone Permission to Take Off Shackles

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted United Parcel Service permission to fly delivery drones under regulations similar to airline rules, with few restrictions.


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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate last week.