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October 2019


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Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events

Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events

Researchers at Spain's Barcelona Institute for Global Health have developed a statistical climate model that can predict El Nino events up to 30 months in advance.


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Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts

Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts

VisFlow is a framework that even novices can use to create highly flexible visualizations from almost any data.


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CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly

CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly

Researchers have shown that a new congestion control algorithm developed by Google may compete unfairly with other services on overloaded networks.


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Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture

Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture

The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture aims to develop standards and practices to make disaster response more effective.


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Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey

Bias, Harassment Drive Women from STEM Jobs: Survey

Nearly half of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics jobs surveyed said they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.


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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.


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Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event

Team of Syrian Refugees Wins Robotics Event

Five teenaged Syrian refugees working together as Team Hope led a four-team alliance to win the grand finale of the FIRST Global Challenge 2019 in Dubai.


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Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

Startup Zipline has demonstrated how next-generation delivery drones could bring medical and other supplies to the battlefield.


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Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People

Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People

A unique, lightweight deep neural network could greatly enhance the use of artificial intelligence's in video surveillance.


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Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

Researchers have developed a handheld robot that predicts a user's plans,  then frustrates the user by rebelling against those plans, demonstrating an understanding of human intention.


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Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age

 Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age

Initial applications could include optical quantum sensors, optical quantum transistors, and optically uncrackable quantum encryption.


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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the West of England in the U.K.


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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.


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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT researchers took the top prize in Facebook Research's OpenEDS Challenge for developing a real-time eye-tracking technique.


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Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer

Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer

Researchers have developed a high-resolution bioprinting process with completely new materials, involving the use of a special "bio ink" for three-dimensional printing.


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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is coming around a corner.


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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.


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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to pay on the spot.


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Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff

Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff

Stuart Russell wants to harness artificial intelligence before it's too late.


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Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the last five years and perhaps one of the biggest since the beginning…


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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.


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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided by nonprofit The Last Mile.


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Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Researchers have developed a self-guiding gardening robot that navigates via five pairs of cameras and three-dimensional mapping.


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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.


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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.


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Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky

Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky

University of California, San Diego engineers have developed soft, tubular actuators with electrically driven movements for compact, portable, and multifunctional soft robots. 


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Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

A survey of state chief information officers found many U.S. states are exploring the use of artificial intelligence.


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Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

Researchers have found a new way to optimize nickel by unlocking properties that could enable a range of applications, from quantum computing to biosensors. 


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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate websites. 


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Holding Algorithms Accountable

Holding Algorithms Accountable

How can we battle algorithmic bias?

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