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February 2020


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Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.


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World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language

World's First Classical Chinese Programming Language

Carnegie Mellon University graduate Lingdong Huang has created the first programming language based on classical Chinese.


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Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

Improving AI's Ability to Identify Students Who Need Help

A new artificial intelligence model can predict the extent of students' absorption of knowledge via educational gameplay.


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Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

Researcher Creates Drone System to Give Early Warning on Natural Disasters

A Queen's University Belfast researcher developed a drone system that can warn of natural disasters, and function as a Wi-Fi hotspot should telecommunications be disrupted by extreme weather.


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What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?

What if Half of Switzerland's Rooftops Produced Electricity?

Researchers in Switzerland are using machine learning algorithms, geographical information systems, and physical models to estimate the overall photovoltaic potential of Swiss rooftops.


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Making the Internet Civil Again

Making the Internet Civil Again

Researchers are exploring ways to improve discourse in online discussion groups and social media sites.


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Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Researchers have built a "biorobotic hybrid heart" from heart tissue and a robotic pumping system for testing prosthetic valves and other cardiac devices.


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Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook to Pay $550M to Settle Facial Recognition Suit

Facebook has agreed to play $550 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology in Illinois.


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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.


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Algorithm Can Infer Velocity, Pressure from Video of Fluid Flows

Algorithm Can Infer Velocity, Pressure from Video of Fluid Flows

Researchers at Brown University have developed an algorithm that can determine the velocities and pressures of a fluid flow by analyzing video of the flow.


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Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting

Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting

The failure of a vote-recording app used in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus may set back online voting.


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Teaching Tomorrow's Automobiles to Hear

Teaching Tomorrow's Automobiles to Hear

A new system allows self-driving cars to recognize external noises such as sirens.


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Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System

Researchers Report Progress on Molecular Data Storage System

Researchers have stored and retrieved over 200 kilobytes of digital image files by encoding the data in mixtures of custom-synthesized libraries of small molecules.


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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 


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Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns

Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns

A new handheld three-dimensional skin printer can accelerate healing from burns.


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U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive

U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive

U.S. dairy farmers are using technology to boost efficiency and control costs amid low milk prices and Americans buying less milk. 


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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.


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How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

AI has proven to magnify the prejudices that skew human decision making against women and ethnic minorities.


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New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems

New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems

A new study helps explain how the human brain adapts to complexity in learning and decision-making.


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Chatbot Pushback

Chatbot Pushback

Consumers are underwhelmed by e-commerce chatbots.


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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

Researchers have designed a prototype "smart surface" that can concentrate wireless radio signals to maximize reception. 


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Safety Helmet for Firefighters

Safety Helmet for Firefighters

Researchers have developed a firefighter's helmet equipped with haptic actuators, a control box with a radio module, and other devices to provide real-time information to firefighters.


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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.


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Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System

Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System

Researchers have developed a smart heating control system that can assess a building's behavior and provide greater comfort and lower energy costs.


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Mapping Potholes by Phone

Mapping Potholes by Phone

A new app for mapping potholes and road quality takes advantage of the accelerometers in smartphones.


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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.


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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.


From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Shoppers

Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping habits and preferences.


From Communications of the ACM

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.


From Communications of the ACM

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers

Learning to Trust Quantum Computers

They need to show us they can solve the biggest problems.

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