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February 2019


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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Adding sophisticated features to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new report.


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Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements

Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements

Researchers have provided open access to detailed satellite data on brightness for five cities in Niger and Nigeria.


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New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City

New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City

New York City is the best city in the world for the technology industry, according to the Savills Index.


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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

A robot equipped with artificial intelligence learned to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.


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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence research and commercialization.


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The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending

The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending

The computational economics enabled by Moore's Law is now changing. 


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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

Opinion by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.


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Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King

Bless the Overclockers: In the Data Center World, Liquid Cooling Is Becoming King

In Iron Man 2, there is a moment when Tony Stark is watching a decades-old film of his deceased father, who tells him "I'm limited by the technology of my time, but one day you'll figure this out. And when you do, you will change…


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How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.


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Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News

Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News

Researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts and filters out fake news and disinformation.


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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.


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A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute have developed a DNA search engine for microbial data.


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Argonne Researchers Develop Method to Reduce Quantum Noise

Argonne Researchers Develop Method to Reduce Quantum Noise

Argonne National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for reducing the effects of "noise" in quantum information systems.


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Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.

Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.

Slowly and silently, they glide across the floor wearing bright yellow dresses that look as though they were plucked from a haunted 1920s boarding school.


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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.


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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.


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Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings

Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings

The Google News unit and artificial intelligence research division Google AI have released a speech database in an attempt to identify bogus audio recordings.


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British Military Invests £1M into Headsets that Create Hostile VR Environments for Soldiers Training

British Military Invests £1M into Headsets that Create Hostile VR Environments for Soldiers Training

The British Army is testing virtual reality headsets that can combine virtual environments with physical objects for a mixed-reality experience.


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­C Allows High-School Computer Science as Core Curriculum Credit

­C Allows High-School Computer Science as Core Curriculum Credit

The University of California system will count high school computer science courses toward core curriculum prerequisites for admission to its nine universities.


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Eyes in the Skies

Eyes in the Skies

Privacy concerns arise around the New York Police Department's drone program.

 


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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their…


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The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

Stanford has established itself as the epicenter of computer science, and a farm system for the tech giants. Following major scandals at Facebook, Google, and others, how is the university coming to grips with a world in which…


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Extreme Chemistry: Experiments at the Edge of the Periodic Table

Extreme Chemistry: Experiments at the Edge of the Periodic Table

If you wanted to create the world's next undiscovered element, number 119 in the periodic table, here's a possible recipe.


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The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species would surely seem like wizardry to him.


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Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.


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Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms

Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms

The  Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace is working to establish principles that states, non-state actors, and the privacy industry should follow when cyberattacked.


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New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light

Researchers have created a three-dimensional printer that can generate whole objects at once, instead of printing them layer by layer.


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Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Chinese researchers have constructed a wireless brain-to-brain interface that enables a human to direct a rat through a maze.


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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price of homes.