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February 2020


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Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web

Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web

Researchers have developed a system that brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other over the Internet.


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Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Researchers have determined that global datacenter energy consumption remained relatively flat across the last decade.


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Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations

Researchers have developed new molecular virus simulations to help fight influenza.


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'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves

A multi-institutional collaboration has demonstrated a "surfing attack" that uses ultrasonic waves to hijack voice-recognition systems on cellphones, including those used by Siri and Google.


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Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.


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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.


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Should Robots Have a Face?

Should Robots Have a Face?

As automation comes to retail industries, companies are giving machines more humanlike features in order to make them liked, not feared.


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UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software

UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software

An international study used statistical software to estimate the rate at which cancers evolve.


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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.


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Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.


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AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke

AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke

A study led by researchers in the U.K. used artificial intelligence to measure blood flow in order to forecast death, heart attack, and stroke.


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Hacking Bluetooth

Hacking Bluetooth

Bluetooth device users seldom suspect they are opening themselves to man-in-the-middle hacker attacks.


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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

The recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with experts on artificial intelligence from industry, government, academia, and the American public.


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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 


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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.


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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic systems.


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Sandboxing Approach Increases Browser Security

Sandboxing Approach Increases Browser Security

A new Web browser security scheme accelerates Web apps that run within a browser, while keeping those apps within "secure sandboxes" to prevent hijacking by malware.


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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel, or fur.


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Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Northwestern University researchers have developed a decentralized algorithm that guarantees collision and congestion avoidance, a key step toward controlling fleets of driverless vehicles.


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U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, will oversee the DOE's AI activities


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New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars

New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars

The California Consumer Privacy Act is one of the most stringent and sweeping privacy laws in the country, but may create complications for carmakers and dealerships.


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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology jobs. 


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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 


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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.


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Futurists Get 15 Minutes Every 4 Years

Futurists Get 15 Minutes Every 4 Years

Zoltan Istvan is the latest futurist to run for U.S. president.


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Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn't serve as job-training sites for tech companies.


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Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.


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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."


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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have been. 


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AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

An interdisciplinary research team developed a convolutional neural network that generates crop yield predictions, incorporating information from topographic variables.

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