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July 2019


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How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer

How Do You Read Ancient Scrolls Too Brittle to ­nfurl? American Scientist May Have Answer

Ancient papyrus scrolls too fragile to unwrap are being scanned with the hope of "digitally unwrapping" and reading them.


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Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable

Best Algorithms to Make Solar Power Storage Profitable

Scientists have identified optimal types of solar power storage management algorithms.


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It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It

It's A Cloud, but Not As We Know It

Can data be stored in orbiting laser beams?


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The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet

It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive?


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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the most money.


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Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See

Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See

New prototype glasses automatically restore proper vision to people who ordinarily would need multifocal progressive lenses.


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Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

A study by Oxford Economics anticipates machines will replace human workers in about 20 million manufacturing jobs across the world over the next decade.


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How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want

E-commerce websites sometimes use devious techniques to manipulate consumers into purchasing items and online services they may not otherwise want.


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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.


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New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

A new digital forensics technique holds the potential to protect world leaders and celebrities from artificial intelligence-doctored "deepfake" videos.


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Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook has open-sourced a new software framework to simplify robotic programming.


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Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found 2,040 counterfeit programs among more than 1 million Google Play apps.


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Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors

Good Algorithms Make Good Neighbors

Many computer scientists doubted ad hoc methods would ever give way to a more general approach to finding nearest neighbors. They were wrong.


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Protecting the 2020 Census

Protecting the 2020 Census

A new framework is being used to secure the 2020 U.S. Census from database reconstruction attacks.


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The Edge of Computational Photography

The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

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